Collection: What is Oleocanthal, Hydroxytyrosol, Oleuropein and Phytosterols?

Oleocanthal, one of the key components of olive oil, works similarly to popular anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen. It is also known to target and destroy human cancer cells without harming non-cancerous cells.

Hydroxytyrosol, a potent polyphenol occurring naturally in olive oil, is popular for scavenging free radicals in the body. It’s ability to cross the blood-brain barriers allows it to counteract free radicals in the nervous system. Apart from it’s anti-oxidative properties, in vitro studies show that hydroxytyrosol has anti-microbial capabilities, making it highly effective against respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. The compound is also known to have anti-cancer, anti-thrombotic and retino protective properties.

Oleuropein and Hydroxytyrosol, the two primary polyphenols in olive oil, are responsible for it’s robust flavors. They also have anti-viral properties and are highly effective in fighting Rotavirus, Herpes Mononucleosis, Para-influenza, HIV and COVID 19.

Phytosterols, also known as plant sterols, are similar to cholesterol in the human body. Sources of phytosterols include OLIVE OIL, fruits, whole grains and vegetables. When consumed in food, phytosterols compete with cholesterol for absorption in the body, which helps in lowering harmful cholesterol levels in the blood.


Source:  Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (2020 Edition)

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