Have you tried olive oil and lemon? The benefits of these two foods are enormous, and if taken at the same time and on an empty stomach, the benefits are amplified.
That olive oil is beneficial for our health is something that those of us who are regular consumers already know. But when there are studies and research that ratify what we already believe, we are affirmed in continuing to keep this liquid gold in our diet. You can consult our article where we talked about the benefits of olive oil.
Olive oil with lemon on an empty stomach
As I mentioned, taking these foods together, and before breakfast, amplifies their beneficial effects for our organism.
And why is olive oil so beneficial? In short, it is a vegetable fat that contains healthy fatty acids and antioxidants, being the main source of monounsaturated fats. These fats are very beneficial for our organism.
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According to an article by health professionals, and called “Olive oil: influence and benefits on some pathologies“There are several benefits of olive oil consumption: cancer prevention, gastrointestinal system support, prevention of cardiovascular diseases, prevention and improvement of symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis, and prevention of diabetes.
Lemon has a high amount of vitamin C, about 51 mg, a nutrient known for its multiple health benefits. This high concentration of vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen, as well as the repair and growth of cells, tissues, blood vessels and bones.
It also contains other vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It also contains phenolic compounds such as caffeic and ferulic acids, which are notable for their antioxidant properties.
Benefits of olive oil with lemon
There are several benefits of taking a spoonful of olive oil with lemon in the morning and on an empty stomach. Here are the most relevant ones:
Detoxifying action for the liver thanks to its depurative effect. Lemon is one of the best citrus fruits for detoxifying the liver thanks to its high vitamin content (especially vitamin A and C). Both lemon and olive oil have the ability to act as natural purifiers that cleanse areas such as the liver and gallbladder of toxins that accumulate in them.
Beneficial to the circulatory system, lemon contains hesperidin, a flavonoid antioxidant found in the white part of lemon and other citrus fruits. Hesperidin helps prevent varicose veins, haemorrhoids and generally improves circulation. When combined with olive oil rich in monounsaturated acids and vitamin K (necessary for proper blood clotting), the benefits are also maximised.
Relieves constipation, it is recommended to take a teaspoon of olive oil with lemon and then a glass of warm water to facilitate digestion. The carminative properties of lemon help to reduce the symptoms of these digestive disorders, such as gas or bloating. And the laxative power of olive oil helps to lubricate the digestive system, thus helping to avoid episodes of constipation.
Prevents joint or rheumatic problems, this benefit lies in the anti-inflammatory power of both the lemon and, above all, the olive oil. The latter, thanks to its antioxidant polyphenols such as hydroxytyrosol, Oleuropein and Oleocanthal, contributes to an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.
It has antibacterial properties, mainly due to the oil and its phenolic compounds. This antimicrobial activity of phenolic compounds occurs especially with various food-borne pathogens.
How to drink it: I recommend using a shot glass, squeeze a lemon wedge and pour it into the glass. We can then grate a little of the lemon peel so that some of the juice also falls into the glass. Once we have the lemon juice with some of the lemon peel, we add the olive oil, more or less in the same amount as the lemon. Finally, stir the solution with a spoon until you get an emulsion. And drink it all at once, as a shot 😉.
These are supposedly some of the benefits that we could enjoy with just a spoonful of lemon and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil every morning before breakfast. Of course, the intake of foods such as lemon and oil is considered to be a preventive measure and is not a substitute for medication prescribed by your doctor.
So let’s enjoy these little treasures such as olive oil and lemon in our daily lives and start the morning with good energy.
See you next time!