Are Olives Good for Hemorrhoids? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Olives are good for hemorrhoids. Because they have oleic acid and fiber, and they can reduce inflammation and soften the stool.

Hemorrhoids are a condition that affects your anus and lower rectum.

In hemorrhoids, your body has swollen veins in the anal and rectal area.

This can lead to various health problems, such as bleeding, pain, itching, and infection.

One of the key factors in managing hemorrhoids is diet.

What you consume can affect your stool consistency, which can impact your hemorrhoids symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hemorrhoids, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid low-fiber foods like white bread, cheese, and meat.

Now, olives are small fruits that grow on olive trees and are rich in vitamin E, iron, copper, calcium, and other antioxidants.

People usually eat them as snacks, salads, or spreads.

Olives are good for hemorrhoids because they contain oleic acid, a type of monounsaturated fat.

Oleic acid can reduce inflammation and improve blood flow in the veins.

10 olives can give you about 10.9 grams of fat (17% of your daily needs), 6 grams of carbs (2% of your daily needs), and 1.6 grams of fiber (6% of your daily needs)1

Oleic acid can positively affect hemorrhoids by lowering the pressure and swelling in the veins.

Furthermore, olives are a source of dietary fiber and fiber is good for hemorrhoids.

Because, fiber can soften the stool and make it easier to pass, preventing straining and irritation.

You can eat 10 to 20 olives per day safely.

More than that can cause excess sodium intake, which can raise your blood pressure and worsen your hemorrhoids.

Also, you shouldn’t eat olives if you have a salt-sensitive condition like high blood pressure or kidney disease to prevent fluid retention and hypertension.

Because, olives are often packed in brine or saltwater, which can increase your sodium intake.

You can buy fresh olives in your local market or can order them from online.

Always choose olives that are firm, plump, and free of bruises or mold.

Because, these indicate the quality and freshness of the olives.

You can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing hemorrhoids effectively.

I always recommend my hemorrhoids patients to follow a hemorrhoids-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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