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There are a number of foods mentioned in the Quran, one of which is the Olive. Olive is considered as a “blessed” fruit in Islam; and not only is a good source of nutrition, it is also used for skin care.
Olive Oil favoured in the Quran
Allah (swt) mentions Olive in the following words,
“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as (if there were) a niche and within it a lamp, the lamp is in glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east (i.e., it neither gets sun-rays only in the morning) nor of the west (i.e., nor does it get sun-rays only in the afternoon – but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself), though no fire touched it. Light upon Light! Allah guides to His Light whom He wills. And Allah sets forth parables for mankind, and Allah is All-Knower of everything.” (An-Nur 24:35)
Olive oil is a treasure trove of numerous health benefits. Not only is its topical use beneficial, but its consumption is known to treat and prevent ailments, like blood pressure, cancer and inflammation, to name a few.
It is narrated by Abu Hurairah (rta) that the Prophet (sa) stated:”Eat the olive oil and apply it (locally), since there is cure for seventy diseases in it, one of them is Leprosy.”
Benefits of Olive Oil- in the light of Quran and Sunnah
Keeps Cancer at bay
Researchers at the Oxford University have found that olive oil diminishes the level of bile, and increases the enzyme Di-Amine Oxidase (DAO), thus protecting against abnormal cell growth and cancer. A recent break through research revealed that an antioxidant present in olive oil, Oleocanthal, wiped out cancer cells in lab under 30-thirty minutes, without damaging healthy cells.
According to a study conducted by researchers from Rutgers University and Hunter College (and published in the journal Molecular & Cellular Oncology)- the major antioxidant compound found in olive oil is capable of killing cancer cells in less than an hour while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “There is olive oil for you, eat it, massage it over your body, since it is effective in Hemorrhoids (Piles).”
Olive oil aids in the lubrication of digestive system, thereby making everything much easier to move. Its consumption softens hard stool and, hence, relieves constipation.
Say Goodbye to Inflammation
Olive oils contains a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compound. It’s anti-inflammatory nature makes it a natural pain reliever and assists in the prevention of inflammatory diseases e.g. lung cancer, dementia, arthritis.
According to researchers’ reports, people who consume large quantities of olive oil, and cooked vegetables can have a reduced risk of rheumatic arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints.
Assists Bone Development
Olive oil strengthens bone by fixing calcium, making it an important food source for elderly and children. It is especially beneficial for the elderly- as it is easily digested, and assists body in utilization of vitamins. Olive oil’s ability to stimulate bone mineralization prevents calcium loss. This ability makes it a valuable food source, since the whole body of an organism is dependent on a strong bone structure.
Prevention of Aging
Olive oil contains vitamins that renew cells, and thus, protect and nourish skin. Its anti-ageing effects can be enjoyed either by consumption in the form of salad dressing, or by topical application in the form of massage.
The reserve of vitamin E found in olive oil inhibits the free radicals that are responsible for cell destruction and aging.
Good for Babies’ Development
The rich amount of healthy fats, and antioxidants, present in olive oil are crucial for the physical development of babies’. Olive oil, containing the same fat as those present in mother’s milk, is beneficial for a child’s growth. Moreover, it contributes to the development of a child’s nervous system. Research provides evidence that the women who consume olive oil during pregnancy become mothers of healthy babies.
Assists in Blood Pressure Reduction
Our diet, consisting of junk foods, processed items and overcooked meals, is highly responsible for the rising issue of blood pressure in the population. One study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine stressed the beneficial effect of olive oil on high blood pressure. In fact, the medicines to reduce high blood pressure are also made from olive leaves.
“And a tree (olive) that springs forth from Mount Sinai, that grows oil, and (it is a) relish for the eaters.” (Al-Muminun 23:20)
Combatant for Osteoporosis
With age, our bone mass starts to decrease. In women, this reduction in bone mass often results in osteoporosis. Osteoporosis makes the structure of tissues and bones more fragile, thereby making one more susceptible to fractures and fatal injuries. Research has revealed that consumption of olive oil, either through cooking or through supplementation, helps in increasing bone mass. The intake of Olive oil would, therefore, be effective in preventing osteoporosis.
Remedy for Skin and Beauty
Our beloved Prophet (sa) said: “Eat the oil and use it on your hair and skin, for it comes from a blessed tree.” (Tirmidhi)
Olive oil has been used for centuries by queens and princesses to enhance beauty. I too endorse the benefits of olive oil for skin and beauty. Massaging your face once a day with olive oil can, over the time, minimize the appearance of dark spots, wrinkle, dark circles, and crow’s feet. It also keeps skin moisturized and gives it a “lit-within” glow. Its rejuvenating properties assist, on consistent use, in the healing of scars and stretch marks.
Care for Hair
Olive oil does wonders on your hair. A regular scalp massage is not only pain relieving, but also stimulates hair growth. Its moisture help controls frizz, and gives hair volume and shine.