Pyrantel? Horrid GERD at 1am so got up & dosed IVM.
The salad bar GSH support,
Olive oil Italy
Fresh crushed garlic
So the formula Red Worm, after about 2 - 3 months, the small strongyloides move to skin, IVM kills on Lunar day 14-16, indicating red worm disturbance of immune system has been achieved.
Time to move to GSH rich diet.
This should allow LEV to be lowered, and smaller strongyloides to be killed. I gave final advise LEV not to exceep 150mg a day for a year.
Additional urea and kidney stimulation needs to be done, I had gallons of pee start to flow a few weeks after doing LEV.
need for repeated IVM fades.
need for repeated DEC fades.
Strongyloid tread worms will make skin wounds scabs after a few weeks of LEV. This is the clue.
OXBen 2.5mg kg dose will kill GI strongyloides worms if there there for the lunar party.
IVM also works well on this birth day a month, single dose also can get GI kill.
Pyrantel supresses eggs while you sleep, strepils black current lozenge.
Take the lozenge at bedtime,cheek and teeth will take hours to dissolve.
I suspect all fruit, juices, cheep yogurt can be replaced with Greek Yogurt and Probiotic225.
Thinking Vitamin A is required.
If the skin stays oily, after redworms killed, and oily skin says this is point of inflection of immune system, DNA allows oils to flow, saying lipid chemistry is working, natural GSH support, Cofactors, Foods, Olives, Cabbage, pinto beans, scallions, carrot, egg, spinach, red cabbage, Olives, etc. I.E. the Salad Bar.
I suspect I went a bit over the top on LEV, but if I can bring the body back and increase GSH, Drinking plenty of distilled water, Feta, Greek yogurt, etc, Maybe Ester C, Small Vitamin E, Selenium, Beta Glucan, Source of life, then the oily skin can be used as a balance point to slide the body back to GSH positive.
Since Eyes use most GSH, Vitamin A, Lutein, Bilberry may help.
Only a clear liver will help increase GSH. 100mg of Magnesium Sulfate may help per day.
A single oil of oregano, or caprylic acid cap may help.
Certainly LEV blocks small sugar, small carb molecules.
At a certain point, the immune system skin turns oily, Eyes dry up, Strongyloides infection moves to a few points on the skin.
This is the point in time one needs to focus on GSH, and with minimal food, egg and feta protein, chicken protein, select elements of calcium, vitamin C, and lipids, the body should be able to pressure strongyloides out of the gut.
I suspect Greek Yogurt, nPPZ teaspoon, Pyrantel would be better choice to help pressure the smallest of the red worm family, strongyloides.
Let me know what you think.
I may try several kinds of oats for breakfast.
Formula works, it has a problem, there must be a back door, I suspect Strongyloides is able to convert Sugar to cellulose. I had no problem killing flat worms or white worms with careful diet.
I now suspect an extreme diet control may be required
Cellulose is a type of polysaccharide plant fiber. Polysaccharide fiber is a carbohydrate composed of linked Sugar molecules, however, humans lack the enzyme necessary to break cellulose down into component sugars,
Small Spirulina tablet, Beta Glucan 4 caps AM 4 caps PM
Small Caprylic acid oil cap PM
Noon - Fresh Rosemary scrambled eggs natural butter, half teaspoon cream, and feta
Dinner - Black beans, Chicken, Garlic, olive oil, Black Pepper, Red Pepper
Spinach, olive oil, salt
AM - Half cup rolled oats, pinch of salt, tablespoon cream, cook in distilled water, take with DE cap
6 PM, Tomato with salt and black pepper, olive oil, put on cottage cheese or Greek Yogurt, Probiotic 225, nPPZ, 5cc pyrantel
Snack: peanut butter on soda crackers
Test various enzyme supplements
Slowly lower Red Worm Formula dose of LEV
Monitor pulse rate of heart
Test small amount of Papain in distilled water
Green tea in distilled water
Test oil of oregano cap.
Soda crackers or maybe wheat germ with butter
Test magnolia bark extract, rose hip seed tea in afternoon, no cream.
Test Ginkgo cap
Test Soy products, help GSH binding supplement
Eat a fiber–rich, whole foods diet—it should be rich in beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, all of which feed good bugs.
Limit sugar, processed foods, animal fats, and animal protein—these provide food for unhealthy bugs.
Avoid the use of Antibiotics , acid blockers, and anti-inflammatories—they change gut flora for the worse.
Take probiotics daily—these healthy, friendly flora can improve your digestive health and reduce inflammation and allergy.
When you're under high levels of oxidative stress or exposure to toxins‚ the amount of glutathione present in your body to recycle other antioxidants (such as vitamin E) declines dramatically. As a result‚ your immune system may be weakened and less able to protect you from getting sick.
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Raw Eggs and Raw Milk
Raw eggs and fresh, raw milk regulate the production of glutathione. But ensure the milk is not pasteurized as this completely loses the benefits. High temperatures eliminates the useful proteins, cultures and cofactors. Have your source of eggs be from pastured chickens from a trustworthy farm.
30 to 60 mg ALA
alpha lipoic acid (ALA), which is known to generate glutathione and support the sustained activity of vitamin C and vitamin E in the body—it regenerates oxidized antioxidants like vitamin C and E and helps make them more potent.
Alpha Lipoic acid increases the levels of intra-cellular glutathione, and is
Whey protein boosts production of glutathione by enhancing cysteine which helps rebuild glutathione when it is depleted from an immune response. In fact, whey protein is the ideal food to help naturally increase glutathione for both fighting cancer, increasing metabolism, strengthening the immune system, reducing appetite and increasing metabolism.
High Quality Lean Protein
Since your body makes its own glutathione, you can help in its production by eating foods that will help the body make more of it. Glutathione is made of three amino acids—Glycine, cysteine and glutamic acid, which are present in high quality lean protein sources such as soy protein, yogurt, poultry etc.
The Indian curry spice, turmeric, has been found to increase expression of the glutathione S-transferase and protect neurons exposed to oxidant stress, in the treatment of cells called astrocytes. Turmeric contains Curcumin, an active compound known for its potent healing qualities.
It acts independently as an antioxidant and antiseptic. Studies show incorporating turmeric into your diet by adding it into stews, soups, or salad dressings, is helpful in enhancing glutathione metabolism.
Folate foods contain methylation ingredients. They are critical in keeping the body producing glutathione. Folate foods include
black eyed peas etc.
Ester C and White Potatoes
In addition to the sufficient amounts of precursors, certain glutathione cofactors are required for the optimal functioning of the whole glutathione system.
These cofactors are vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, folate (B9), minerals selenium, magnesium and zinc, and alpha lipoic acid.
What do the glutathione cofactors do that makes them so important?
they direct cysteine towards glutathione production and increase cellular uptake of cysteine
they help form the glutathione molecule out of the three precursor amino acids
they help recycle glutathione from its oxidized GSSG form back to its reduced (active) GSH form
they help maintain glutathione levels and keep the GSSG-GSH ratio balanced
they recycle each other improving overall antioxidant activity
they stimulate the activity of the whole glutathione enzymatic system
Without the cofactor vitamins and minerals all these processes would take much longer to happen and, as a result, antioxidant, detoxification and immune response would be inadequate.
Likewise, glutathione keeps some of these cofactors in active state, and without glutathione their effectiveness as antioxidants would be much lower leading to increased cell damage and disease.
Here is a short summary of the cofactors' main functions. To take a closer look at each of them click on the corresponding link.
Vitamin C – as an antioxidant it assists glutathione in this function and has been shown scientifically to raise glutathione levels short term; it is recycled by glutathione from its oxidized state back to its active state, thus strengthening antioxidant defenses; vitamin C also recycles vitamin E and alpha lipoic acid.
Vitamin E – as an antioxidant it also assists glutathione in eliminating free radicals much like vitamin C; it is also required for the proper functioning of glutathione enzymes; it recycles vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid.
B vitamins – vitamins B1 and B2 maintain glutathione and its enzymes in their active forms; vitamin B2 participates in the formation of a glutathione molecule; vitamin B6 influences glutathione synthesis indirectly as it is important for the proper functioning of amino acids including GSH precursors; vitamin B6 increases the amount of magnesium (a vital cofactor) that can enter cells; folate (B9) pushes cysteine towards glutathione production rather than homocysteine production; folate and vitamin B12 work together in amino acid metabolism and protein synthesis. You can read more about vitamin B12 deficiency and its effect on immune health.
Selenium - part of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase (GPx). Glutathione peroxidases, also known as selenoproteins, are a family of antioxidant enzymes that speed up the reaction between glutathione and free radicals.
Magnesium - required for the proper functioning of the enzyme gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) involved in the synthesis of glutathione.
Zinc – zinc deficiency reduces glutathione levels, especially in red blood cells. However, zinc levels above normal have pro-oxidant properties and reduce glutathione too.
Alpha lipoic acid – an antioxidant produced by the body; it has been scientifically proven to enhance and maintain glutathione levels by stimulating enzymes involved in the synthesis of glutathione; it also helps increase the cellular uptake of cysteine, the crucial building block of glutathione; in addition, alpha lipoic acid recycles vitamins C and E.
Even though more attention has been sometimes been given to their delicious oil than their whole food delights, olives are one of the world's most widely enjoyed foods. Technically classified as fruits of the Olea europea tree (an amazing tree that typically lives for hundreds of years) we commonly think about olives not as fruit but as a zesty vegetable that can be added are harvested in September but available year round to make a zesty addition to salads, meat and poultry dishes and, of course, pizza.
Olives are too bitter to be eaten right off the tree and must be cured to reduce their intrinsic bitterness. Processing methods vary with the olive variety, region where they are cultivated, and the desired taste, texture and color. Some olives are picked unripe, while others are allowed to fully ripen on the tree. The color of an olive is not necessarily related to its state of maturity. Many olives start off green and turn black when fully ripe. However, some olives start off green and remain green when fully ripe, while others start of black and remain black. In the United States, where most olives come from California, olives are typically green in color, picked in an unripe state, lye-cured, and then exposed to air as a way of triggering oxidation and conversion to a black outer color. Water curing, brine curing, and lye curing are the most common treatment processes for olives, and each of these treatments can affect the color and composition of the olives.
What's New and Beneficial About Olives
Dozens of health-protective nutrients have been identified in olives, and recent studies have taken a very close look at olive varieties, olive processing, and changes that take place in olive nutrients. The overall conclusion from these studies is exciting for anyone who loves olives of all varieties. Greek-style black olives, Spanish-style green olives, Kalamata-style olives, and many different methods of olive preparation provide us with valuable amounts of many different antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients. While there are trade-offs that occur during olive ripening and olive curing—for example, decreased oleuropein with advanced stages of ripening yet increased amounts of anthocyanins—it's impossible to rule out any single type of olive as being unworthy of consideration as a uniquely health-supportive food, particularly in terms of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Hydroxytyrosol, an olive phytonutrient that has long been linked to cancer prevention, is now regarded as having the potential to help us prevent bone loss as well. Several recent laboratory animal studies have found increased depositing of calcium in bone and decreased loss of total bone mass following consumption of this olive phytonutrient (as well as oleuropein, another key phytonutrient found in olives). These findings are fascinating, since consumption of a Mediterranean Diet has long been associated with decreased risk of osteoporosis, and olives often find themselves on center stage in Mediterranean Diet studies.
In traditional herbal medicine practices, preparations from olives and olive leaves have often been used in treatment of inflammatory problems, including allergy-related inflammation. New research may help explain how olives work to provide us with anti-inflammatory benefits, especially during circumstances involving allergy. Olive extracts have now been shown to function as anti-histamines at a cellular level. By blocking special histamine receptors (called H1 receptors), unique components in olive extracts may help to lessen a cell's histamine response. Because histamine is a molecule that can get overproduced in allergy-related conditions and can be a key player in the inflammatory process, it's likely that the anti-inflammatory benefits we get from olives involve this anti-histamine pathway. It's also possible that olives may have a special role to play as part of an overall anti-allergenic diet.
Olives, black, canned
(134.40 grams)Calories: 155
GI: very low
This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Olives provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System. Additional information about the amount of these nutrients provided by Olives can be found in the Food Rating System Chart. A link that takes you to the In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Olives, featuring information over 80 nutrients, can be found under the Food Rating System Chart.
How to Select and Store
Tips for Preparing and Cooking
How to Enjoy
While commonly recognized as a high-fat food (about 80-85% of the calories in olives come from fat), olives are not always appreciated for the type of fat they contain. Olives are unusual in their fat quality, because they provide almost three-quarters of their fat as oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. (In addition they provide a small amount of the essential fatty acid called linoleic acid, and a very small amount of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid.) The high monounsaturated fat content of olives has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. When diets low in monounsaturated fat are altered to increase the monounsaturated fat content (without becoming too high in total fat), research study participants typically experience a decrease in their blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and LDL:HDL ratio. All of these changes lower our risk of heart disease.
Recent research studies have also shown that the monounsaturated fat found in olives (and olive oil) can help to decrease blood pressure. The oleic acid found in olives—once absorbed up into the body and transported to our cells—can change signaling patterns at a cell membrane level (specifically, altering G-protein associated cascades). These changes at a cell membrane level result in decreased blood pressure.
In terms of their phytonutrient content, olives are nothing short of astounding. Few high-fat foods offer such a diverse range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients—some of which are unique to olives themselves. The list below shows some key phytonutrients in olives, organized by their chemical category:
Terpenes (including secoiridoids and triterpenes)
Hydroxy benzoic acid s
Given this phytonutrient richness, it's not surprising that olives have documented health benefits that extend to most of our body systems. Olive benefits have been demonstrated for the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, immune system, inflammatory system, and digestive system. We believe that many of these diverse systems benefits are actually related to two underlying health-support aspects of olives, namely, their unusual antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients. In this Health Benefits section, we will focus on those antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olives, as well as some anti-cancer benefits that seem especially important with respect to this food.
Antioxidant Benefits of Olives
The vast majority of olive phytonutrients listed at the beginning of this section function as antioxidants and help us avoid unwanted problems due to oxidative stress. "Oxidative stress" is a situation in which our cells are insufficiently protected from potential oxygen damage, and oxidative stress can often be related to an insufficient supply of antioxidant nutrients. Olives are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, and they also contain small amounts of antioxidant minerals like selenium and zinc. However, it's the phytonutrient content of olives that makes them unique as an antioxidant-rich food.
Perhaps the best-studied antioxidant phytonutrient found in olives is oleuropein. Oleuropein is found exclusively in olives, and it's been shown to function as an antioxidant nutrient in a variety of ways. Intake of oleuropein has been shown to decrease oxidation of LDL cholesterol; to scavenge nitric oxide (a reactive oxygen-containing molecule); to lower several markers of oxidative stress; and to help protect nerve cells from oxygen-related damage.
One recent study that caught our attention has shown the ability of olives to increase blood levels of glutathione (one of the body's premier antioxidant nutrients). In a very interesting research twist, study participants were not given fresh olives to eat but rather the pulpy residue from olives that had been previously milled to produce olive oil. Consumption of this olive pulp was associated with significantly increased glutathione levels in the blood of the participants, and improvement in their antioxidant capacity.
Interestingly, there may be common trade-offs made in the levels of different olive antioxidants during the maturation of olives on the tree. For example, the vitamin E content of olives may increase during early ripening when the total phenolic antioxidants in olives are slightly decreasing. Later on in the maturation process, these trends may be reversed.
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Olives
In addition to their function as antioxidants, many of the phytonutrients found in olives have well-documented anti-inflammatory properties. Extracts from whole olives have been shown to function as anti-histamines at a cellular level. By blocking special histamine receptors (called H1 receptors), unique components in whole olive extracts help to provide us with anti-inflammatory benefits. In addition to their antihistamine properties, whole olive extracts have also been shown to lower risk of unwanted inflammation by lowering levels of leukotriene B4 (LTB4), a very common pro-inflammatory messaging molecule. Oleuropein—one of the unique phytonutrients found in olives—has been shown to decrease the activity of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). iNOS is an enzyme whose overactivity has been associated with unwanted inflammation. Taken as a group, these research findings point to olives as a uniquely anti-inflammatory food.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of olives have been given special attention in the area of cardiovascular health. In heart patients, olive polyphenols have been determined to lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is a widely used blood measurement for assessing the likelihood of unwanted inflammation. Olive polyphenols have also been found to reduce activity in a metabolic pathway called the arachidonic acid pathway, which is central for mobilizing inflammatory processes.
Anti-Cancer Benefits of Olives
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olives make them a natural for protection against cancer because chronic oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can be key factors in the development of cancer. If our cells get overwhelmed by oxidative stress (damage to cell structure and cell function by overly reactive oxygen-containing molecules) and chronic excessive inflammation, our risk of cell cancer is increased. By providing us with rich supplies of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, olives can help us avoid this dangerous combination of chronic oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
Research on whole olives and cancer has often focused on two cancer types: Breast Cancer and stomach (gastric) cancer. In the case of breast cancer, special attention has been paid to the triterpene phytonutrients in olives, including erythrodiol, uvaol and oleanolic acid. These olive phytonutrients have been shown to help interrupt the life cycle of Breast Cancer cells. Interruption of cell cycles has also been shown in the case of gastric cancer, but with this second type of cancer, the exact olive phytonutrients involved are less clear.
One of the mechanisms linking olive intake to cancer protection may involve our genes. Antioxidant phytonutrients in olives may have a special ability to protect DNA (deoxyribonucleic acids)—the key chemical component of genetic material in our cells—from oxygen damage. DNA protection from unwanted oxidative stress means better cell function in wide variety of ways and provides cells with decreased risk of cancer development.
From a botanical standpoint, olives belong to a very special group of fruits called drupes. Drupes are fruits that have a pit or stone at their core, and this pit is surrounded by a larger fleshy portion called the pericarp. Other drupes commonly found in diets worldwide include mango, cherry, peach, plum, apricot, nectarine, almond, and pistachio.
There are literally hundreds of varieties of olive trees, but all of them belong in the same scientific category of Olea europea. "Olea" is the Latin word for "oil," and reflects the high oil content of this food. Olive trees are native to the Mediterranean, as well as different parts of Asia and Africa. Their Mediterranean origins are highlighted in their species name, europea, since countries bordering the north shore of the Mediterranean Sea are typically considered as parts of southern Europe. Olive trees can have remarkable longevity. Most live to an age of several hundred years, and in at least one case, a carbon-dated world record for an olive tree stands at 2,000 years! Although olive trees may produce more olives in lowland terrain, they are comfortable growing in mountainous, rocky conditions and often thrive along the hillsides of Spain, Italy and Greece.
Olives come in many different varieties. In the United States, five varieties account for most commercial production. These varieties are Manzanillo, Sevillano, Mission, Ascolano and Barouni, and all are grown almost exclusively in California. Picholine and Rubra are two additional varieties produced in California in smaller amounts.
Kalamata olives are one olive variety that deserves special mention. Authentic Kalamata olives come from Kalamon olive trees in southern Greece and get their name from Kalamata, their city of origin. European Union (EU) law provides Kalamata olives with Protected Geographical Status and Protected Designation of Origin and does not allow product labeling as "Kalamata" unless the olives have come from this specific area. However, outside of the European Union countries, there are no binding legal standards for labeling of Kalamata olives. In the U.S., many canned and jarred olives are referred to as "Kalamata-style" or "Kalamata-type" olives and these olives are not authentic Kalamata olives grown in the Kalamata area of southern Greece. Genuine Kalamata olives are usually allowed to ripe fully before harvest. Different methods of curing can be used during production of Kalamata olives. Some Greek producers use dry-curing as a method of choice. In dry-curing, olives are covered directly in salt rather than soaked in brine (a concentrated salt liquid). Dry-curing is often used for olives that will be stored for longer periods of time, and Kalamata olives that have been dry-cured can often be identified by their wrinkly skin. Dry-cured Kalamata olives are eventually packaged in olive oil or olive oil/vinegar combinations to which other seasonings are sometimes added. Kalamata olives can also be cured in a salt brine or in water, and in both cases, red wine vinegar and/or red wine are typically used to give the olives their delicious flavors. Most "Kalamata-style" and "Kalamata-type" olives have been cured in this way. Authentic Kalamata olives from southern Greece that have been cured using red wine and/or red wine vinegar are available in many groceries, especially those groceries that stock specialty foods. Genuine Kalamata olives will almost always be labeled as "imported" and may also be labeled as "PDO Kalamata" to reflect their compliance with European Union regulations.
Kalamata are only one among many Mediterranean olive varieties. The list below contains some of the better-known varieties of Mediterranean olives:
Lecin de Sevilla
When freshly picked from the tree, olives often (but not always) have a bitter flavor. This bitterness is related to their phytonutrient content, and especially to their concentration of oleuropein (a secoirodoid terpene). In order to help offset their bitter taste, olives are typically cured. (Curing is also sometimes referred to as "pickling.") There are three basic types of curing widely used to lower the bitterness in olives. There types are:
Water-curing of olives—just like the name suggests—involves submersion of the olives in water for a period of several weeks or longer. Water-cured olives typically remain slightly bitter because water-curing removes less oleuropein from the olives than other curing methods.
Brine-curing involves the submersion of olives in a concentrated salt solution. Greek style olives in brine and Sicilian style olives in brine are examples of brine-cured olives. Brine-curing can take many months, and olives often undergo fermentation during the brine-curing process. (Fermentation means that the sugars found in olives will often get broken down into lactic or acetic acid, and oleuropein will be freed to migrate into the brine.) Many changes in flavor and phytonutrient composition can take place during the brine-curing process.
Lye-curing involves the submersion of olives in a strong alkali solutions containing either sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or potassium hydroxide (KOH). Lye-curing usually occurs in a series of sequential steps. A first lye bath will cure the skin and outermost portion of the olives. This first solution is then drained from the olives and discarded and the olives are submerged in a second lye solution which begins to cure the next layer of fleshy pulp inside the olive. Up to five lye solutions may be required to cure the entire olive, all the way down to the pit. Dark style ripe olives and green olives are examples of olives that have typically been lye-cured.
During the last stage of lye-curing, oxygen gas is often bubbled up through the lye solution to help darken the olives. In the United States, canned California black olives are typically lye-cured and oxygen-darkened.
Curing is not the only factor that can influence the color of an olive, and it's worth pointing out that olive color does not automatically indicate anything about the curing process. Many olives start off green and turn black on the tree when fully ripe. Other olives start off green on the tree, remain green when fully ripe, and can only be darkened by curing and/or air exposure. Still other olives start of black on the tree and remain black at full maturity.
Olives have been cultivated in parts of the Mediterranean—including Crete and Syria—for at least 5,000 years. In addition, there is carbon-dating evidence of olive tree presence in Spain as many as 6,000–8,000 years ago. This ancient and legendary tree was also native to parts of Asia and Africa.
It's not clear exactly how olive trees arrived in the U.S., but it's clear that the time frame was much later, during the 1500-1700's. Spanish colonizers of North America definitely brought olive trees across the Atlantic Ocean during the 1500-1700's, and while some may have been brought directly to the region which is now California, olive trees may also have been brought to the region from Mexico, where cultivation by the Spanish was already underway.
Olives constitute one of the world's largest fruit crops, with more than 25 million acres of olive trees planted worldwide. (On a worldwide basis, olives are produced in greater amounts than either grapes, apples, or oranges.) Spain is the largest single producer of olives at approximately 6 million tons per year. Italy is second at approximately 3.5 million tons, followed by Greece at 2.5 million. Turkey and Syria are the next major olive producers. Mediterranean production of olives currently involves approximately 800 million trees. 90% of all Mediterranean olives are crushed for the production of olive oil, with the remaining 10% kept in whole food form for eating. In the United States, California's Central Valley is the site of most olive production, on approximately 27,000 acres.
How to Select and Store
While olives have been traditionally sold in jars and cans, many stores are now offering them in bulk in large barrels or bins (often called an "olive bar"). Buying bulk olives will allow you to experiment with many different types with which you may be unfamiliar and to purchase only as many as you need at one time.
While whole olives are very common, you may also find ones that have been pitted, as well as olives that have been stuffed with either peppers, garlic or almonds. If you purchase olives in bulk, make sure that the store has a good turnover and keeps their olives immersed in brine for freshness and to retain moistness.
When selecting olives from an olive bar, you'll often be faced with a wide variety of color options and textures. It's not uncommon to find color varieties of olives that include green, yellow-green, green-gray, rose, red-brown, dark red, purplish-black and black. It's also not uncommon to find several different textures, including shiny, wilted, or cracked. The size of olives may range from fairly small to fairly large or jumbo. Each of these options among olive varieties can provide you with valuable health benefits. In general, regardless of the variety you choose, select olives that still display a reasonable about of firmness and are not overly soft or mushy.
At WHFoods, we encourage the purchase of certified organically grown foods, and olives are no exception. Repeated research studies on organic foods as a group show that your likelihood of exposure to contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals can be greatly reduced through the purchased of certified organic foods, including olives.
When selecting olives, beware of the label description, "hand-picked." This description does not necessarily tell you anything helpful about the olive harvesting. Many olives are hand-picked, even though the product label makes no mention of this fact. Conversely, olives with have been mechanically harvested with a hand-held pneumatic rake are sometimes labeled as "hand-picked."
If you are purchasing olives in a can and don't use them immediately after opening, they can usually be safely stored in sealed container in your refrigerator for one to two weeks. Whether brine-based, acid-based, or water-based, you can transfer the canning fluid along with the olives into your sealed refrigerator container. Glass jars of olives can be stored directly in the refrigerator for the same period of time, and in the case of some brine-cured olives, for up to one to two months.
Here is some background on why we recommend refrigerating olives. Whenever food is stored, four basic factors affect its nutrient composition: exposure to air, exposure to light, exposure to heat, and length of time in storage. Vitamin C, vitamin B6, and carotenoids are good examples of nutrients highly susceptible to heat, and for this reason, their loss from food is very likely to be slowed down through refrigeration.
Tips for Preparing and Cooking
Tips for Preparing Olives
To pit olives, press them with the flat side of a broad bladed knife. This will help break the flesh so that you can easily remove the pit with your fingers or the knife. The brine in which olives are packed can be used as a replacement for salted water in recipes.
How to Enjoy
A Few Quick Serving Ideas
Olive tapenade is a delicious and easy-to-make spread that you can use as a dip, sandwich spread, or topping for fish and poultry. To make it, put pitted olives in a food processor with olive oil, garlic, and your favorite seasonings.
Toss pasta with chopped olives, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and fresh herbs of your choice.
Marinate olives in olive oil, lemon zest, coriander seeds and cumin seeds.
Add chopped olives to your favorite tuna or chicken salad recipe.
Set out a small plate of olives on the dinner table along with some vegetable crudités for your family to enjoy with the meal.
WHFoods Recipes That Include Olives
15-Minute Turkey Chef's Salad
Kidney Bean Salad with Mediterranean Dressing
Mediterranean Baby Spinach Salad
Braised Cod with Celery
5-Minute Cold Cucumber Salad
Vegetable Appetizer 3
If you'd like even more recipes and ways to prepare olives the Nutrient-Rich Way, you may want to explore The World's Healthiest Foods book.
Olives and Acrylamides
Research on olives and their acrylamide content has shown some inconsistency over the past several years and this inconsistency has sparked controversy in the public press about olives and their health risk with respect to acrylamide. In data assembled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), we've seen more than a dozen different kinds of olives, including Spanish, Greek, Kalamata, Nolellata, Sicilian, d'Abruzzo, and Gaeta, and di Cerignola that were determined to contain no detectable level of acrylamide. Yet we have also seen FDA data showing levels of acrylamide as high as 1,925 ppb in some canned, nationally distributed brands of black pitted olives. Based on this data, we suspect that these higher acrylamide levels in select canned black olives were related to specific handling, storage, processing (especially preservation and darkening methods), and heating steps that favored formation of acrylamide. (One 2008 study from a research team in Seville, Spain has also determined that darkening methods can influence acrylamide formation, but only within the context of many other factors, including the variety of olive itself.) It's also important to note here that we are not aware of any data showing problematic levels of acrylamide in any extra virgin olive oils available in the marketplace.
At present, we are not aware of any foolproof method that consumers can use to avoid purchase of canned black olives that contain unwanted amounts of acrylamide. Since the FDA data has shown no detectable levels of acrylamide in numerous samples of imported olives packed in brine, those olives may be worth considering as options that may help avoid unwanted acrylamide. As stated previously, extra virgin olive oil is another form of this nutrient-rich food that, to our knowledge, has not been shown in research to contain unwanted amounts of acrylamide.
For more on acrylamides, see our detailed write-up on the subject.
Olives are a remarkable source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Most prominent are two simple phenols (tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol) and several terpenes (especially oleuropein, erythrodiol, uvaol, oleanolic acid, elenoic acid and ligstroside). Flavonoids—including apigenin, luteolin, cyanidins, and peonidins)—are typically provided in valuable amounts by lives, as are hydroxycinnamic acids like caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid and coumaric acid. The phytonutrient content of olives depends upon olive variety, stage of maturation, and post-harvest treatment. Olives are a very good source of copper and a good source of iron, dietary fiber and vitamin E.
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Olives, black, canned
134.40 gramsCalories: 155
GI: very low
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV
Density World's Healthiest
copper 0.34 mg 38 4.4 very good
iron 4.44 mg 25 2.9 good
fiber 4.30 g 17 2.0 good
vitamin E 2.22 mg (ATE) 15 1.7 good
Foods Rating Rule
excellent DRI/DV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DRI/DV>=10%
very good DRI/DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DRI/DV>=5%
good DRI/DV>=25% OR
Density>=1.5 AND DRI/DV>=2.5%
In-Depth Nutritional Profile
In addition to the nutrients highlighted in our ratings chart, here is an in-depth nutritional profile for Olives. This profile includes information on a full array of nutrients, including carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and more.
Olives, black, canned
(Note: "--" indicates data unavailable)
(134.40 g) GI: very low
BASIC MACRONUTRIENTS AND CALORIES
nutrient amount DRI/DV
Protein 1.13 g 2
Carbohydrates 8.41 g 4
Fat - total 14.35 g --
Dietary Fiber 4.30 g 17
Calories 154.56 9
MACRONUTRIENT AND CALORIE DETAIL
nutrient amount DRI/DV
Starch -- g
Total Sugars 0.00 g
Monosaccharides 0.00 g
Fructose 0.00 g
Glucose 0.00 g
Galactose 0.00 g
Disaccharides 0.00 g
Lactose 0.00 g
Maltose 0.00 g
Sucrose 0.00 g
Soluble Fiber 0.22 g
Insoluble Fiber 4.09 g
Other Carbohydrates 4.11 g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.60 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.22 g
Saturated Fat 1.90 g
Trans Fat 0.00 g
Calories from Fat 129.19
Calories from Saturated Fat 17.12
Calories from Trans Fat 0.00
Cholesterol 0.00 mg
Water 107.51 g
nutrient amount DRI/DV
Vitamin B1 0.00 mg 0
Vitamin B2 0.00 mg 0
Vitamin B3 0.05 mg 0
Vitamin B3 (Niacin Equivalents) 0.05 mg
Vitamin B6 0.01 mg 1
Vitamin B12 0.00 mcg 0
Biotin -- mcg --
Choline 13.84 mg 3
Folate 0.00 mcg 0
Folate (DFE) 0.00 mcg
Folate (food) 0.00 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 0.02 mg 0
Vitamin C 1.21 mg 2
Vitamin A (Retinoids and Carotenoids)
Vitamin A International Units (IU) 541.63 IU
Vitamin A mcg Retinol Activity Equivalents (RAE) 27.08 mcg (RAE) 3
Vitamin A mcg Retinol Equivalents (RE) 54.16 mcg (RE)
Retinol mcg Retinol Equivalents (RE) 0.00 mcg (RE)
Carotenoid mcg Retinol Equivalents (RE) 54.16 mcg (RE)
Alpha-Carotene 0.00 mcg
Beta-Carotene 318.53 mcg
Beta-Carotene Equivalents 324.58 mcg
Cryptoxanthin 12.10 mcg
Lutein and Zeaxanthin 685.44 mcg
Lycopene 0.00 mcg
Vitamin D International Units (IU) 0.00 IU 0
Vitamin D mcg 0.00 mcg
Vitamin E mg Alpha-Tocopherol Equivalents (ATE) 2.22 mg (ATE) 15
Vitamin E International Units (IU) 3.30 IU
Vitamin E mg 2.22 mg
Vitamin K 1.88 mcg 2
nutrient amount DRI/DV
Boron -- mcg
Calcium 118.27 mg 12
Chloride -- mg
Chromium -- mcg --
Copper 0.34 mg 38
Fluoride -- mg --
Iodine -- mcg --
Iron 4.44 mg 25
Magnesium 5.38 mg 1
Manganese 0.03 mg 2
Molybdenum -- mcg --
Phosphorus 4.03 mg 1
Potassium 10.75 mg 0
Selenium 1.21 mcg 2
Sodium 987.84 mg 66
Zinc 0.30 mg 3
INDIVIDUAL FATTY ACIDS
nutrient amount DRI/DV
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.09 g 4
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 1.14 g
14:1 Myristoleic 0.00 g
15:1 Pentadecenoic 0.00 g
16:1 Palmitol 0.12 g
17:1 Heptadecenoic 0.00 g
18:1 Oleic 10.44 g
20:1 Eicosenoic 0.04 g
22:1 Erucic 0.00 g
24:1 Nervonic 0.00 g
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
18:2 Linoleic 1.14 g
18:2 Conjugated Linoleic (CLA) -- g
18:3 Linolenic 0.09 g
18:4 Stearidonic 0.00 g
20:3 Eicosatrienoic 0.00 g
20:4 Arachidonic 0.00 g
20:5 Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) 0.00 g
22:5 Docosapentaenoic (DPA) 0.00 g
22:6 Docosahexaenoic (DHA) 0.00 g
Saturated Fatty Acids
4:0 Butyric 0.00 g
6:0 Caproic 0.00 g
8:0 Caprylic 0.00 g
10:0 Capric 0.00 g
12:0 Lauric 0.00 g
14:0 Myristic 0.00 g
15:0 Pentadecanoic 0.00 g
16:0 Palmitic 1.58 g
17:0 Margaric 0.00 g
18:0 Stearic 0.32 g
20:0 Arachidic 0.00 g
22:0 Behenate 0.00 g
24:0 Lignoceric 0.00 g
INDIVIDUAL AMINO ACIDS
nutrient amount DRI/DV
Alanine 0.06 g
Arginine 0.09 g
Aspartic Acid 0.12 g
Cysteine -- g
Glutamic Acid 0.12 g
Glycine 0.07 g
Histidine 0.03 g
Isoleucine 0.04 g
Leucine 0.07 g
Lysine 0.04 g
Methionine 0.02 g
Phenylalanine 0.04 g
Proline 0.05 g
Serine 0.04 g
Threonine 0.03 g
Tryptophan -- g
Tyrosine 0.03 g
Valine 0.05 g
nutrient amount DRI/DV
Ash 3.00 g
Organic Acids (Total) -- g
Acetic Acid -- g citric acid -- g
Lactic Acid -- g
Malic Acid -- g
Taurine -- g
Sugar Alcohols (Total) -- g
Glycerol -- g
Inositol -- g
Mannitol -- g
Sorbitol -- g
Xylitol -- g
Artificial Sweeteners (Total) -- mg
Aspartame -- mg
Saccharin -- mg
Alcohol 0.00 g
Caffeine 0.00 mg