Polyphenols are natural preservatives of olive oil. These are secondary chemical compounds of the metabolism of olive trees that are synthesized as a response to the stress situations of the culture. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest of polyphenols in olive oil because of its antioxidant properties and its role in preventing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and various cancers.
After being obtained from the olive, only by physical processes, virgin olive oil is the unique vegetable oil that contains polyphenol, mainly derived from the Hydroxytyrosol which is an exclusive polyphenol of the Olive, with Eminent biological properties, with its antioxidant capacity.
Throughout history, olive oil has been used in many cultures as a natural remedy. Extra virgin olive oils with a high polyphenol content act in the body to protect us from a number of diseases:
Oxidative cell STRESS : Polyphenols are natural antioxidants that help to protect the lipids from the blood (fat) against oxidation. This is the EU-approved sanitary base for polyphenols in olive oil. Oxidative stress is linked to a series of diseases such as: high cholesterol, heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, etc.
Cardiovascular disease : Olive oil helps maintain good levels of "good" HDL cholesterol while polyphenol limits the oxidation of "bad" LDL cholesterol that causes plaques. The plates block the arteries and limit the flow of blood to our heart, brain and the rest of our organs, causing heart attacks, apoplexies, etc..
Brain CONDITIONS : Polyphenols limit the oxidation of lipids and reduce the formation of plaques that travel through our blood system and cause obstructions or decreased blood flow in our brains, giving as a result of accidents Cerebro-Vascular. Recent studies have also shown that there are fewer opportunities for cognitive deterioration in age (e.g., Alzheimer's disease) in people who consume olive oil.
Digestive system : The fatty profile of olive oils makes it a unique oil that is the only one to be completely digested by the body. It helps in all stages of the digestive system, from reducing the ebb to improving digestion in the large intestine which even helps to improve bad breath.