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Olive Oil

Medically reviewed by Last updated on July 15, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Olea europaea
  • Common Olive
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Green Olive
  • Manzanilla Olive Fruit
  • Monounsaturated Fatty Acid
  • N-9 Fatty Acid
  • Olive Fruit
  • Olive Fruit Pulp
  • Olive Leaf
  • Olive Pulp
  • Olives
  • Olivio
  • Omega-9 Fatty Acids
  • Salad Oil
  • Sweet Oil
  • Unsaturated Fatty Acid
  • Virgin Olive Oil

What is this product used for?

Olive oil is used by some people to lower cholesterol and improve heart health. Others use it as a laxative. Some people believe it protects from cancer. Others will use it to help skin conditions. Others believe it helps with arthritis or high blood pressure.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • High blood pressure

    • Diabetes

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

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