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Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil has played an important role in Greek history for centuries. Due to the nutritionally rich compounds it was used as a medicine by top physicians to treat a variety of ailments. Hippocrates called it “the great healer”, Homer “liquid gold” and Galen praised it for its positive health benefit’s.

Today’s technology, research and a wealth of scientific studies has helped us to understand the health benefits associated with consuming EVOO as part of a daily diet. EVOO contains a high percentage of heart protecting mono-unsaturated fatty acids, modest amounts of vitamins E and K and a host of bioactive compounds. These compounds have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti cancer, antimicrobial, and neuroprotective properties.

The Dafnis family are extremely passionate about supporting ongoing scientific research and trials into the prevention of chronic disease.
“Olive oil for us is a field of continuous research, study and experiments. A world that we love to explore, discover and understand every hidden corner of it and that every time doesn’t stop amazing us” Spyros Dafnis – producer of The Governor ‘

high phenolic extra virgin olive oil?

Supercharged extra virgin olive oil! 

Thousands of studies have looked at the health benefits of olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil, which is the best quality oil available, is rich in antioxidants, and high phenolic olive oil contains the highest amounts of these antioxidants. Think of it as supercharged extra virgin olive oil. 

Its health-giving properties are off the scale! 

Decreased inflammation, lower incidence of diabetes, improved cardiovascular health (heart disease and stroke), helps to lower blood pressure, improved cognitive function, improved gut health, improved bone health, great for skin, and helps with blood clotting have all been associated with the consumption of high-quality EVOO.

Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins E and K and a whole range of polyphenol antioxidants make Extra virgin olive oil the healthiest fat that you can include in your daily diet. As science has progressed it has been discovered that it is specific phenolic compounds that are responsible for EVOO’s health benefits. 

Oleocanthal, Oleo (olive) canth (sting) al (aldehyde) is responsible for the pungency and throat-stinging sensation that you get when you taste a  high-quality EVOO. This unique polyphenol, only found in EVOO has received the top-most scientific interest. There are over 300 peer-reviewed scientific studies that have identified the importance of the molecule Oleocanthal and its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, cancer protective, antimicrobial, and neuroprotective ability to fight disease.

Acknowledged as a naturally occurring NSAID, research says consuming 50g of EVOO daily will provide approx 10 mg of Oleocanthal which is considered to be equivalent to a low (10%) dose of ibuprofen, for pain relief.  

The Governor EVOO contains up to 5-10 x the concentration meaning you receive all the health benefits with a far lower consumption. Therefore a daily dose can be highly beneficial for our health without the side effects that come with long term use of ibuprofen.

How to use high phenolic olive oil

The beneficial effect for the consumer according to the health claim is obtained with a daily intake of 20g (roughly 2 tbs) less (1tbsp) for a very high phenolic like the Governor.

How to use high phenolic olive oil
I have been using The Governor evoo for 5 months now with my 7 year old daughter who is on the spectrum, since using it I have seen an increased calmness in her and her ability to sit still has improved. I put this down to it being the early harvest and having high polyphenols which help lower inflammation….. based on current research I believe most people would benefit from a daily dose of what I call liquid gold
I started using this oil 3 months ago and am noticing the significant health benefits especially in my joints!Would highly recommend it as it tastes great and I don't even like olives!!!!
Mandy Johnson
It really is the Governor of olive oil!!!
Tom Kerridge Michelin-starred chef
I consider the Governor one of the best high phenolic oils Greece produces and always include in my tastings. Cannot think of a more caring and beautiful gift to yourself or a loved one!
Irini Tzortzoglou- Greek cook and winner of the MasterChef 2019 UK
This is the best olive oil we have ever had, it's far superior than any other we have tried, we won't be buying any other. We are on our 2nd bottle now and the added health benefits makes it even more appealing and the service is first class.
Jane Grime
I have bought many Extra Virgin Olive Oils from all over the world and IMHO the Governor Premium is the best of them all.......hands down.Everything from ordering, packaging and of course the quality is exceptional. Wonderful health benefits with this Olive Oil.
Bernand Donnelly

The Governor has been so far studied for...

The polyphenols in the Governor EVOO are measured by NMR - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. NMR is very expensive to use but it is proven to be the most accurate way for producers to identify their olive oil as high phenolic olive oil.

The oleocanthal concentration in EVOO can vary considerably. This is due to several factors, including the variety of olive, geographical location of the olive trees, olive maturity when pressing, cultivation and production techniques. 

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Oleocanthal is the most important health-promoting molecule in extra virgin olive oil,
and The Governor contains one of the highest concentrations of Oleocanthal ever recorded.

Oleocanthal, a natural compound found in extra virgin olive oil, has been gaining attention for its numerous health benefits. Extra virgin olive oil containing the highest levels of oleocanthal is considered to be particularly beneficial for overall well-being.

Studies have shown that oleocanthal possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, similar to ibuprofen but without the side effects. This makes it a valuable component in promoting heart health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Incorporating extra virgin olive oil rich in oleocanthal into your diet not only adds flavour to your dishes but also contributes to your overall health. Its potential to reduce inflammation and support brain function makes it a valuable addition to a balanced diet.

Experience the superior quality and purity that only The Governor can provide - your path to a healthier tomorrow starts now.

Scientific Advisors

Dr. Prokopios Magiatis and Dr. Eleni Melliou are at the forefront of olive oil research. Dr. Magiatis is a co-founder and vice-president of the Oleocanthal International Society and co-founder of the World Olive Center for Health in Athens. Dr. Melliou is co-founder and general secretary of the Oleocanthal International Society and co-founder of the World Olive Centre for Health in Athens.

The World Olive Centre is a specialised organisation dedicated to the study of the health benefit’s of Olive oil. Its main objective is to provide support for clinical trials using high phenolic extra virgin olive oil.

Prokopios Magiatis research is focused on the isolation, chemical synthesis and bioactivity of natural products especially olive oil. He is an expert on the analyses and measurement of bioactive compounds like oleocanthal in olive oil. Dr. Eleni Melliou research is focused on the chemistry of natural products and particularly on isolation and structural identification of bioactive small molecules from foods with the use of chromatographic and spectroscopic methods.

“We can certify that The Governor is an extremely rare extra virgin olive oil that stands out from the usual oils. It is an oil highly recommended to all consumers looking for olive oil with enhanced properties for health protection”

 Prokopios Magiatis, Associate Professor – Athens University Faculty of Pharmacy