What are Polyphenols? Polyphenols, or Biophenols, is the term used to note the range of photochemical and other natural substances in olive oil. The amount and type of polyphenols in olive oil depends on the olive including its origin, ripeness, how it was farmed, transported, stored, and prepared. Polyphenols contain antioxidants that help protect the body against disease. In this blog post, we will discuss the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and how to select the best quality EVOO rich in polyphenols.
A few of the notable biophenols in extra virgin olive oil are Oleic acid, oleocanthal, oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol. These are responsible for some of EVOO’s (or extra virgin olive oil) antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting abilities. Extra virgin olive oil also contains squalene and Vitamin E (α Tocopherols), which, along with olecanthal, can slow down the aging of skin and hair cells and decreases free-radical damage.
What sets Epicurean Olive oils apart from the grocery store brand oils? All of our ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils are certified to have a minimum (>130) Phenol (antioxidant) content using the most accurate testing methods.
When selecting olive oil, it is important to choose a brand that is high in quality like those we offer at Epicurean Olive Oils. Some factors to look for include: the country of origin, the harvest date, container, and the type of olive oil.
The health benefits of olive oil include:
- Helps to reduce the risk of heart disease
- Protects against cancer
- Improves brain function
- Helps with weight loss
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps to prevent diabetes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a staple ingredient of the Mediterranean diet. Did you know in Italy, they consume 13 times more EVOO per person and 21 times more in Greece than we do in the US? Some Doctors actually prescribe EVOO shots daily up to 4 TBLS.
Olive oil is a healthy and delicious addition to any diet! Try it today!
Epicurean Olive Oils in Camarillo, CA carries a variety of ultra-premium olive oils and traditionally barrel aged balsamic vinegars. From ultra-premium extra virgin olive oil, to fused and infused flavors from all around the world, you can add a delicious and healthy alternative to your everyday diet. To learn more about the health benefits of olive oil, food pairings, and recipes, visit our website.