Olives are one of those foods that you either love them, or you hate them. I happen to love olives, especially on pizza! Lucky for me, this little fruit that grows on olive trees has some really amazing health benefits. Even though they are small, they’re loaded with tons of powerful antioxidants and vitamins which give them the power to possibly prevent cancer, improve heart health, and protect us from chronic diseases and conditions like osteoporosis. What’s not to like about that?!
Let’s take a look at some more of the incredible health benefits of olives…
1. Help Reduce Pain
Olives can be as effective as ibuprofen by reducing pain with the compound oleocanthal which has anti-inflammatory properties. Chatelaine says “olive oil naturally reduces the pain of chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and can be added to a daily diet to aid in pain reduction.”