The extra-virgin olive oil is such a gift that Nature gave us, a real health and beauty elixir. Its properties are
so many that they make it probably the most precious among the food and wine products. Apulia has been
the land of olive trees since forever, and Villa San Martino will surprise you with proposals of olive oil-based
But are you really aware of all its benefits? Let’s find them out together.
The extra-virgin olive oil contains vitamins, antioxidants, phytosterols and monounsaturated fats. A
nutritional composition which makes it an extremely important ingredient for our organism, albeit in
Given its particular composition, especially for its concentration of fat acids, it is optimal for preventing
Olive oil has beneficial laxative effects on our intestine, and the presence of oleocanthal grants it also an
anti-inflammatory and analgesic function.
One of the main and best-known properties of olive oil is its strong antioxidant effect, due to the presence
of phenols and tocopherols, which efficiently contrast free radicals.
It has benefits on the health of our neurologic system, as it contributes to putting off the mental ageing,
thus warding off degenerative illnesses like Alzheimer.
Some recent studies evidenced how people who regularly consume extra-virgin olive oil have less likelihood
to develop cancer, which is due to the presence of oleic acid, flavonoids, polyphenols, and squalene.
Its richness of fat acids contributes to regulate the sugar levels in the blood, as well as the production of
insulin, thus making it a good ally against diabetes.
The extra-virgin olive oil contributes to regulating the levels of cholesterol in the blood by increasing the
levels of the good one and facilitating the elimination of the harmful one.
Among the benefits of the olive oil, we should not forget its effects on our beauty.
First of all, let’s admit that a healthy body is surely also a beautiful body (given all the above-mentioned
From a merely aesthetical point of view, the olive oil is a powerful moisturizer for the skin, and it prevents
the formation of wrinkles. At the Spa of Villa San Martino Relais, you may experiment facials performed
using olive oil, aimed at a deep regeneration of the epidermis, and hence discover its natural beauty.