In Biblical times, pressing olives for oil was a major industry and a foundation of world commerce. Olives were extremely valuable and were considered highly beneficial. Today, science has enabled us to identify many of the powerful health promoting nutrients present in olives. For example: Hydroxytyrosol has been shown to protect against many forms of cancer, particularly of the breast and stomach. Oleuropein can defend against bone loss and inflammation. Oleic acid has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. These remarkable health benefits make olives a valuable superfood today, just as they were in the time of the Bible. In the spiritual realm, olives represent our ability to be positive and productive under pressure; to become more elevated people through meeting and overcoming challenges.