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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Benefits

High Phenolic olive oil, the original superfood!

This delicious polyphenol rich plant based food has been a staple in Mediterranean kitchens for centuries, but beyond its culinary uses, its very well known for its science backed health benefits.

So, what exactly are extra virgin olive oil benefits and what makes it so healthy? EVOO is the healthiest fat.

extra virgin olive oil benefits

Dietary fats are an essential part of a healthy diet. They provide us with energy, help us absorb important nutrients, improve cell growth and create important hormones.

The main fatty acid found in Extra Virgin Olive Oil is oleic acid which is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid. Oleic acid. Oleic acid has only one double bond in its chemical structure, which reduces the risk of oxidation and contributes to the high stability of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

In addition, it contains a good amount of Vitamin E and vitamin K and over 30 polyphenols. It is these polyphenols that make it the healthiest fat off all. It includes a unique set of bioactive phenolic compounds not found anywhere else in nature. It Is these impressive polyphenols that are the real key to its stability and health benefits


High phenolic EVOO is the healthiest and highest quality extra virgin olive oil.

HP olive oils are made from unripe green olives harvested early in the season, which are processed using specific methods that preserve their high phenolic content. They must pass sensory and chemical tests plus a chemical analysis of polyphenol levels.

High phenolic is the name for scientifically measured extra virgin olive oil relating directly to the health claim regulation (432 / 2012)“olive oil polyphenols contribute to the protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress” The health claim was put in place to help support the consumer in purchasing EVOO and increase awareness in healthy food choices.

Legislation clarifies that only extra virgin olive oils which contains at least 5mg of hydroxytyrosol and its derivatives (e.g. oleuropein, oleocanthal and tyrosol) per 20g of olive oil may use this health claim. This means that only olive oils with total polyphenols of 250 mg per kg can put a health claim on the label.
The health claim has helped set standards for quality and transparency in the industry.

These health-promoting properties have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-atherogenic, anti-thrombotic effects which have been shown to reduce morbidity and reduce risk / slow down the development of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases as well as cancer. Thousands of published studies have helped connect the dots between daily intake of high quality extra virgin olive oil and improved health.

Each of these specific polyphenols found in extra virgin olive oil give your body important nutritional benefits that help keep your body healthy and contribute to a long and healthy life.


So how high is high?

An olive oil is phenolic content depends on the olive variety, how it was farmed, timing of harvesting, transportation, production methods and storage conditions.

The Governor was the first ever to be awarded the health claim. It was scientifically tested at the University of Athens and compared with the results of 700 other olive oil samples, from 30 different olive varieties from around the world. It was found to contain 7 x higher than the average samples.

Due to the high phenolic content and quality, it was chosen for its 1st trial and continues to be chosen to participate in many medical research/clinical trials for various chronic diseases such as lung and breast cancer, leukaemia and Alzheimer’s.

The Governor EVOO contains consistently between 1000-1500 mg / kg (total phenols) 1000 mg / kg (Oleocanthal and Oleacein) These phenolic antioxidant compounds have been found to possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties which have been associated with decreased inflammation, improved cognitive function, lower incidence of diabetes, and improved cardiovascular health.

In comparison to other extra virgin olive oils you may find in the shops they can vary significantly and range from anything between 50-250 mg / kg

Anything above 250mg/kg qualifies for a health claim. Regular refined olive oil contains only a trace of polyphenols which are completely removed during the refining process. A tiny amount of extra virgin is added back in afterwards to improve palatability.


Let's talk calories

Olive oil contains 120 calories in 1 Tbsp which is exactly the same as any other vegetable oil or animal fats like butter but not all calories are Created Equal!

Providing the body with the essential fats and nutrients it needs to function at its best helps you feel fuller and satisfied for longer. It therefore decreases the urge to snack on nutrient empty and calorific foods like biscuits, bread, fast food and fizzy drinks.

It also helps you to avoid eating trans fat found in refined vegetable oils and products made from them. These oils interfere with the biochemical processes in the body which can lead to serious health conditions.

Incorporating EVOO into your cooking makes veggies and salads taste better, helping you increase the foods that help you lose weight and improve your health.

If you are concerned about calorie consumption, you can enjoy all the polyphenol benefits in high phenolic olive oil and less oil.


Nutrition Facts

The following nutrition information is provided by the The Governor EVOO

 Calories: 119
Fat:  14g
Sodium:  0.3mg
Carbohydrates: 0g
Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 0g
Vitamin E:  1.9mg
Vitamin K:  8.1mcg


The Governor Limited Edition Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Origin Aghios Matthaios – Corfu
Olive Variety Lianolia Kerkiras (100%)
Oleocanthal 610 mg/Kg
Oleacein 418 mg/Kg
Oleocanthal + Oleacein (index D1) 1.027 mg/Kg
Ligstroside aglycon (monoaldehyde form) 79 mg/Kg
Oleuropein aglycon (monoaldehyde form) 80 mg/Kg
Ligstroside aglycon (dialdehyde form) 200mg/Kg
Oleuropein aglycon (dialdehyde form) 92 mg/Kg
Total tyrosol derivatives 888 mg/Kg
Total hydroxytyrosol derivatives 590 mg/Kg
Total phenols analyzed 1.478 mg/Kg
Origin Aghios Matthaios – Corfu
Olive Variety Lianolia Kerkiras (100%)
Oleocanthal 420 mg/Kg
Oleacein 330 mg/Kg
Oleocanthal + Oleacein (index D1) 751 mg/Kg
Ligstroside aglycon (monoaldehyde form) 74 mg/Kg
Oleuropein aglycon (monoaldehyde form) 475mg/Kg
Ligstroside aglycon (dialdehyde form) 200 mg/Kg
Oleuropein aglycon (dialdehyde form) 82 mg/Kg
Total tyrosol derivatives 694mg/Kg
Total hydroxytyrosol derivatives 488 mg/Kg
Total phenols analyzed 1.182mg/Kg


Take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle and order our premium extra virgin 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. 

Alzheimer and cancer cells at the ULM and hunter college of New York ( Cornel University)


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