The olive tree, Olea europaea, is very hearty, drought, disease, and fire-resistant. Many olive trees in the groves around the Mediterranean are said to be hundreds of years old, while an age of 2,000 years is claimed for a number of individual trees–which has been scientifically verified.
The nutritional benefits from green olives are many:
· Olives contain both vitamins, minerals and are high in sodium content. Do not eat too many if you have high blood pressure.
· Olives contain 4.44 mg of iron, which is 24.7 percent of the daily value.
· One serving of olives contains 4.03 mg of vitamin E, or 20.1 percent of the DV. Vitamin E helps to protect your skin from ultraviolet light.
· Olives include 0.34 mg of copper, which is 17 percent of the DV. Copper aides your body in the utilization of iron and reduces tissue damage from free radicals.
· Olives have 4.3 g of fiber or 17.2 percent of your DV. Dietary fibers helps the digestive system.
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