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Q: I have a dumb question. You wrote last week about the great benefits of adding olive oil to your diet. You recommended suggestions for doing so. What about eating olives? I love olives. Is a handful of olives as good as olive oil on a salad? Are some olives better than others? – M.B.
A: Thanks for sending in your question. It's not dumb at all... We're actually surprised no one has asked this before.
Olives are rich in the antioxidants vitamin E and monounsaturated fat. Some people avoid eating olives because they're high in saturated fat. But as I've said before, the right kind of saturated fat is actually good for you.
They also reduce inflammation. In fact, olives have been used for thousands of years for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Now, it's important to point out that olives need to be cured before they're eaten. This process removes some of the antioxidants from olives. So olives are lower in antioxidants than olive oil. But they do contain fiber, which you don't get in olive oil. Olives also have a higher sodium content than olive oil, thanks to the brine needed to cure the olives.
Which olives are best depends on what nutrients are most important to you. Green and black olives come from the same trees... they're simply picked at different times. Black olives are higher in iron, but green olives contain nearly twice as much vitamin E. No matter what way you choose to consume olives – either whole olives or olive oil – you're getting incredible health benefits.
Q: If aloe water doesn't have any effect... what about using aloe on your skin? – M.K.
A: Thanks, M.K. That's a great distinction.
Although aloe vera water has little evidence of health benefits, there are plenty of great studies done on skin (topical) application.
You're probably familiar with aloe helping with burns – particularly sunburns. Aloe contains two substances that do all the work. Glycoproteins alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Polysaccharides actually stimulate your skin to help it regrow.
These compounds also help with cuts and wounds. One study in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology found that adding aloe gel to wound dressings greatly reduced the time of healing.
So do what I do and use aloe on minor cuts or burns. And it's perfect after getting a little too much sun. You can find aloe gel easily at the store or try growing it at home. Simply break off a leaf and rub it on your skin to help with healing.
Q: What can you recommend for bone spurs and inflammation in joints? I have read online that absorbable calcium is helping people with bone spurs in their feet. It has seemed to have worked for my mother too! I have been taking another brand of absorbable calcium, with no help so far. – L.G.
A: There's a lot to unpack with this question, but we'll try to keep it short.
First, bone spurs are essentially scar tissue in our joints. Basic wear and tear along with age and excess weight put a lot of stress on our joints. As our bones break down from this stress, our bodies repair that bone and the extra growth creates these "spurs."
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the main cause of bone spurs. OA is extremely prevalent in folks 60 and older. It happens when protective cartilage wears out and the bones start to rub on each other. What's more, OA and bone spurs trigger not only pain, but inflammation as well.
There's no clear evidence that low calcium levels contribute to OA. Nor is there anything clearly showing that increased calcium intake helps. Calcium does help osteoporosis... But that's a separate disease with totally different bone-structure issues.
Several sources, including the University of Washington's Orthopaedics Department, cite vitamins A, C, D, and E as helping with OA and therefore preventing some bone spurs. They protect cartilage and fight inflammation as antioxidants. Getting enough of these in your diet and with plenty of sunshine will help keep your joints healthy.
Other recommended therapies for bone spurs include gentle exercises like yoga and tai chi. Physical therapy and maintaining a healthy weight also take some of the stress off your joints. Above all, make sure to get a proper diagnosis before starting any medications or exercise. Underlying issues like torn ligaments or tendonitis require different approaches.
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August 18, 2017
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