It May Protect Against Damaging UV Rays
Olive oil is more than just good for your heart -- and your pasta -- it may be good at protecting you from developing skin cancer, specifically the deadly form known as melanoma. Olives and olive oil are packed with antioxidants, the body's built-in defense against free radicals, molecules that become damaged by sun exposure among other environmental hazards. Free radicals damage healthy cells, which can lead to cancerous tumor formation. They can also lead to a loss of collagen and elastin, two things in your skin that keep you looking young, as well, making olive oil a good choice in the battle against cancer and fighting the effects of premature aging.