Health

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):

  • shield the human organism against oxidative stress;
  • act a protective mechanisms against Alzheimer's;
  • inhibit growth and metastases of certain types of carcinomas (i.e. breast cancer);
  • act as agents against osteoporosis;
  • fight high blood pressure;
  • act as chemo-preventive agents for peptic ulcer and gastric cancer;
  • control blood glucose levels, prevent resistance to insulin and fight diabetes;
  • act as natural anti-inflammatory agents (ibuprofen without the chemical side effects);
  • allow vitamins to be easier and more effectively absorbed and assist digestion;
  • are rich in vitamins A, D, E and K and wage war against free radicals;
  • prevent skin ageing and act as longevity agents;
  • positively affect blood lipid levels;
  • contain monounsaturated fats that control cholesterol levels and fight cardiovascular disease.