What is it about extra virgin olive oil that’s so remarkable? Brands ranging from personal care to daily dietary supplements and now hemp CBD are using it as a major ingredient in their products.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Green Gorilla is, “why do you use Extra Virgin olive oil in your products?”
Olive oil has been prized for centuries for its pleasant, mild flavor and numerous health benefits. Plus, it’s universally well tolerated, which means easier and more efficient absorption (aka bioavailability), with less sensitivities and allergies. Keep reading to find out why we love our hero ingredient extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), which is also USDA certified organic.
It’s High in Polyphenols
Polyphenols are compounds naturally found in plants, such as olives therefore also found in Extra Virgin olive oil, which provide numerous health benefits. They protect the body against cell damage and stimulate reparative functions.
Polyphenol-rich foods also promote healthy digestion by inhibiting the growth of harmful gut bacteria and allowing healthy gut bacteria to thrive. Polyphenols can also support brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain, boosting focus and memory.
A Great Source of Healthy Fats
We’ve been taught that all fat is bad for our health, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, our body needs healthy fats in order to function properly. The key is to eat foods that are low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fats. Extra Virgin olive oil is rich in both polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. It’s also a good source of omega fatty acids, which are known to have many powerful benefits for our body and brain.
Bioavailability is just another word for how easily something is absorbed and assimilated into the body. You may have heard it said that you are what you eat. A more accurate statement is actually “You are what you absorb”.
The subject of absorption and nutrition is a big one in the world of nutritional supplements. This is why we chose to use Extra Virgin olive oil as the perfect carrier oil for our CBD products, since it’s so easily absorbed & tolerated by most people and includes additional health benefits. In other words, the extra virgin olive oil in Green Gorilla’s CBD products help your body absorb the CBD more efficiently.
Benefits your Skin
Extra Virgin olive oil, despite all of its scary pore-clogging potential, does have some benefits: It’s naturally high in squalene, an oil that mimics your skin’s natural sebum, and it’s also full of antioxidants that work to fight environmental skin damage.
Extra Virgin Olive oil is often used as a natural moisturizer that softens both skin and hair, making it a widely popular ingredient in personal care products, including face wash, body wash, lotions, and soap.
Something to Keep in Mind
Always make sure to look for extra virgin olive oil, which is made from pure, coldpressed olives. Extra virgin olive oil retains more antioxidants and is healthier than more refined olive oils. Green Gorilla only uses the highest quality organic extra virgin olive oils in our CBD products, so you can be sure that you’re getting all the health benefits of this amazing superfood.