Olive oil has also proved very useful for the well-being of the digestive system and all the functions it controls.
The digestibility of extra virgin olive oil is higher than all other oils (seeds, peanuts, sunflower, etc ...) because it stimulates the contraction of the gallbladder and therefore the production of bile, an important component for the digestion of fats (lipids). It favors the activation of bile flow and the emptying of the gallbladder, hindering the onset of gallstones.All this is possible thanks to the composition of the olive oil and in particular to that 70-80% of oleic acid (unsaturated) that makes the most recommendable of toppings.
Olive oil improves digestion also because it acts as a protector against excess acidity in the stomach: as early as 1800 studies were conducted on the intake of olive oil on subjects with disorders related to the digestive system and it was evident that by adding olive oil to foods, gastric acid was secreted in a decidedly reduced manner. The benefits are therefore evident and recognized in the case of diseases such as ulcers and gastritis, where there is acid hypersecretion, which was significantly reduced in contact with the oleic acid of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Olive oil is also useful in maintaining the regularity of intestinal function, accelerating the transit of food. Not only that: drinking a tablespoon of raw olive oil in the morning and on an empty stomach helps substantially to keep the stomach and intestines healthy.
Among the other components of the oil, important help comes from beta-carotene, which improves the functions of the intestine and allows it to be more resistant to infections, and vitamin E, which as an antioxidant is also a help for the liver.