Polyphenols are a group of plant-based chemicals. These antioxidant rich properties can be found in a variety of fruits, nuts, seeds and spices. Extra virgin olive oil is made up of a unique set of antioxidants and phytonutrients which are organic plant compounds that when consumed promote human health and protect against chronic disease.
Olives are stone fruits, like peaches or plums. Real Extra-Virgin olive oil is fresh-squeezed fruit juice – it’s seasonal and perishable.
Polyphenols are one type of numerous health-protective antioxidants that are found in extra virgin olive oil. Like other antioxidants, polyphenols fight oxidative stress and are proven to fight against aging-related diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and certain types of cancer
In addition to the anti-aging properties of polyphenols, they also contain strong anti-inflammatory properties. A recent study showed that extra virgin olive oil contains a certain phenol compound called oleocanthal, which acts similar to ibuprofen in the body. This shows the potential for olive oil’s ability to help reduce the risk of strokes, as explored in an article on WebMD. It’s thought that two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day is enough to provide these anti-inflammatory benefits.
Studies conducted around the world have proved, eating foods rich in polyphenols provide multiple health benefits:
￫ Acts as antitumoral agents
￫ Aids in digestion
￫ Anti-inflammatory properties
￫ Better assimilation of vitamins
￫ Full of antioxidants
￫ High in oleic acid, which helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and contains other compounds potentially identified with preventing artery-blocking deposit
￫ High in omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the risk of heart disease.
￫ Improve arterial flexibility
￫ Improve artery (endothelial) function
￫ Improved life span
￫ Low in saturated fat
￫ Lower blood pressure
￫ Lower cholesterol
￫ Lowers blood cholesterol
￫ Prevent platelet clumping
￫ Rich in Polyphenols an anti-inflammatory compounds that promotes cardiovascular function
￫ Slows the aging process
￫ Studies worldwide have produced reputable claims for olive oil fighting some cancers (including breast, colon, ovary, and prostate