Olive oil polyphenols.
Polyphenols are phytochemicals, meaning compounds found abundantly in natural plant food sources, that have antioxidant properties and can play an important role in enhancing an otherwise healthy diet.
Olives and olive oil, rich in polyphenols, are essential components of the Mediterranean diet, a model of healthy eating. According to scientific research, the Mediterranean diet provides a variety of health benefits, many of which can be attributed to the consumption of these components.
Hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol, two of the major polyphenols found in olives and olive oil, have been extensively studied. These lab, animal and human studies, conducted by reputable institutions over the last several decades, have shown that hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties.*