The therapeutic properties of the olive oil were recorded, along with a number of olive oil based remedies and prescriptions, in Hippocrates’ Code (circa 460 BC). Modern medicine has confirmed Hippocrates’ claims and has verified that biophenols derived from olive leaves and fruit act as efficient natural antioxidants, fighting free radicals in our organisms with harmless oxidation by-products. Moreover, olive oil, in addition to being a model for healthy nutrition, acts as an agent for longevity.
Studies have shown that olive oil and olive oil derived phenols and polyphenols (i.e. hydroxytyrosol):