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Olive Oil

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Olive oil, Olea europaea L., also known as sweet oil, is a commonly used as a salad oil and in cooking. Olive oil is pressed from olives growing in the Mediterranean region. In the pharmaceutical industry, it has also been used as a vehicle for oily suspensions for injections and topically as a demulcent and emollient in creams or ointments. In years past, it was used as a laxative. Olive oil, in moderation, is often promoted as a better oil to improve the lipid profile in cardiovascular disease due to a higher percentage of monounsaturated fats than standard vegetable oil.[1]

[1] Drugs.com. Olive Oil. Accessed February 26, 2015 at http://www.drugs.com/npp/olive-oil.html

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