Olive oil helps your body absorb the nutrients it needs from foods, according to research form Purdue University. “Good quality olive oil helps with digestion by lubricating the digestive tract, and as a fat, it allows for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins that exist in the real, wholesome foods that should be eaten at every meal,” Dr Lipman says. “It’s a healthy fat that I often recommend to patients and use in my own life.”
More beauty uses
Stock olive oil in your medicine cabinet, as well as in your pantry, because there are myriad other beauty uses for it. “I love to add it to my hands at night for a hand massage while watching a movie. It softens my cuticles and makes the massage really easy to do,” Blades says. Olive oil can also be used as shaving cream or to heal cracked heels.
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