Hippocrates was first to recognise the beneficial properties of olive oil and recommended it for the treatment of ulcers, muscular pain and other illnesses.
Since antiquity the olive tree has been a valuable tree with great symbolic value, due to its unique usefulness:
The fruit of the olive tree, after special processing, ends up on our table or is used for the production of precious olive oil. The leaves are used to feed livestock, and its wood can be used as fuel, and in carving. In an olive tree, nothing goes to waste. So it is not surprising that the olive tree occupies such a prominent place in the history and mythology of the peoples of the Mediterranean.
Thousands of years after Hippocrates, olive oil is recommended even today for good health and well being.
A basic element of the Mediterranean Diet , olive oil has high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids
and bioactive ingredients. With anti-inflammatory and chemical protective properties, olive oil increases
the levels of the good cholesterol (HDL), is beneficial against the risk of cardiovascular disease and has
been shown that daily consumption, protects our body from oxidative stress. At the same time, olive oil
reduces the "bad" LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins that cause hardening of the arteries). Mediterranean Diet International studies show that residents of Mediterranean countries live longer and with fewer heart and
other associated diseases. Studies show this is due to a specific diet known as the "Mediterranean Diet" which is constantly growing in popularity in Europe, America and Asia. According to the Mediterranean
Diet, we should eat a lot of legumes, pasta and cereals, plenty of fruit and vegetables, some dairy products, fish and poultry and little red meat.
The meal should be accompanied with a glass of red wine while only olive oil is used for the cooking.