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 ‘
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.
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.
Alzheimer and cancer cells at the ULM and hunter college of New York ( Cornel University)
- Extra virgin olive oil enhances the blood-brain barrier function in Mild Cognitive impairment - Published Published December 2022
- Oleocanthal Attenuates Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Progression and Recurrence by Targeting SMYD2 - Published July 2022
- The effect of Dietary Intervention with high oleocanthal and oleacein olive oil in patients with early stage chronic Leukemia - Published 21 January 2022
- Oleocanthal is inhibiting lung cancer – published 11 June 2020
- Safety Evaluation of single dose of Oleocanthal – published 20th January 2020
- Oleocanthal combine with lapatinib treatmentsynergized against HER 2 breast cancer – published 15th February 2020
- Oleocanthal rich restores the blood – brain barrier – Accepted 12th June 2019
- Oleocanthal on its oral anti breast cancer activity – published 9th April 2019
- Optimization of taste masked oleocanthal – 5 October 2019
- Oleocanthal rich enhances donepezil effect by reducing amyloid b and toxicity of Alzheimer disease – 8th may 2018
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.
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