We are often asked at our tasting events – where can I find out more about Extra Virgin Olive Oil and in particular the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
We are delighted to direct our customers who want to find out more about this ‘wonder-food’ to reliable sources to website like :
Olive Wellness Institute
The Olive Wellness Institute is a science repository on the nutrition, health and wellness benefits of olives and olive products, which is all subject to extensive peer review. The institute is guided by scientific experts that specialise in the nutrition, health and wellness benefits related to olive products.
The mission of the Institute is to increase awareness of extra virgin olive oil and other olive products by gathering, sharing and promoting expert, credible and evidence-based information on their nutrition, health and wellness benefits.
“Published studies show that no other food comes close to Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.”Associate Professor Mary Flynn, Brown University.
Summary of the current evidence:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil has many well evidenced health benefits as an individual food, and as part of the Mediterranean diet.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the main source of fat and the ubiquitous cooking medium in the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean Diet is now well established through multiple systematic reviews and meta-analysis to reduce overall risk of mortality, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, overall cancer incidence, neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes.
The well-known Predimed study, a high quality randomized controlled study, elucidated in more detail the effect of Extra Virgin Olive Oil specifically as part of the Mediterranean Diet. It compared a Mediterranean Diet supplemented with greater than or equal to 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a low-fat diet. This resulted in a thirty percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and stroke and the trial was stopped after seven years for ethical reasons when the advantages of the Mediterranean diet became clear.
The diet is now recommended by governments, scientists, and health professionals as an example of a nutritional gold standard to support health and wellness, with the Predimed trial often cited.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil as an individual food is now recognized for its health properties beyond those attributed to its fat profile. For more than two decades, evidence has been mounting into the role of the powerful bioactive compounds in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is now well established that the polyphenols found in Extra Virgin Olive play a key role in the health attributes pertaining to this oil, particularly their antimicrobial, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Polyphenols are a potent antioxidant, one that can decommission a nasty molecule in your body called free radicals. Free radicals can ricochet around inside your body and harm good cells. Antioxidants, such as the polyphenols found in extra virgin olive oil, work to neutralize free radicals; protecting the body from their harmful antics.
In fact, the European Food Safety Authority has now approved health claims for extra virgin olive oils with polyphenol content of more than 250mg / kg. Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains polyphenols well above this level.