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  • Writer's pictureNicolas Netien

What is High Phenolic Olive Oil and Why is it a Powerful Health Elixir?

Updated: Jun 13

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In the world of olive oils, a new category has emerged that's capturing the attention of health professionals and nutrition enthusiasts alike: High Phenolic Olive Oil. But what exactly does this term mean, and why are these specialty oils being hailed as a nutraceutical breakthrough? Let's dive into the science behind this olive oil phenomenon.

At their core, high phenolic olive oils are distinguished by their extraordinarily high levels of polyphenols - a diverse class of bioactive compounds found in plants that exhibit potent antioxidant properties. While all high-quality extra virgin olive oils naturally contain polyphenols, the "high phenolic" varieties contain polyphenol concentrations that are much greater than standard extra virgin olive oil averages.

Polyphenols are able to neutralize unstable, reactive molecules called free radicals that can damage cells through oxidation. This antioxidant capacity gives polyphenols powerful disease-fighting potential by mitigating oxidative stress, a key driver of chronic inflammation and many degenerative conditions. In laymen's terms, polyphenols act like bodyguards protecting your cells from harmful free radical "attackers."

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Among the hundreds of polyphenolic compounds in olives, hydroxytyrosol, oleuropein, oleocanthal, and oleacein have emerged as the all-star constituents due to their multifaceted biological activities. For example, oleocanthal mimics the anti-inflammatory effects of ibuprofen by suppressing the same inflammatory pathways and enzymes. In other words, this natural olive oil compound acts like a liquid alternative to an over-the-counter drug, but without the side effects.

The scientific evidence supporting olive polyphenols' therapeutic benefits is vast, with over 4.000 studies published on the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database alone. [click here to explore] This extensive research has linked olive polyphenol intake to reduced risk of:

Cardiovascular diseases:

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Olive polyphenols promote healthy endothelial function (the lining of blood vessels), enhance vasodilation for better blood flow, and regulate cholesterol levels. Think of them as natural keys that unlock optimal cardiovascular performance.

Metabolic disorders:

These antioxidants enhance insulin sensitivity, aid glucose metabolism, and help maintain a balanced gut microbiome - all factors that reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and associated metabolic dysfunctions. They essentially tune up your body's mechanisms for processing nutrients efficiently.


Olive polyphenols have displayed tumor-suppressing effects by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells while inhibiting their proliferation, migration, and new blood vessel formation to "starve" tumors. This multi-pronged action makes them potential chemopreventive and adjuvant therapy agents.

Neurodegenerative diseases:

Due to their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, olive polyphenols can combat neuroinflammation, oxidative damage, and protein misfolding in the brain - central processes underlying Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurological conditions. Think of them as brain detox and maintenance antioxidants.

While all high-quality extra virgin olive oils provide some level of polyphenol-based benefits, Oleaphen is taking this to the next level. Oleaphen contains a polyphenol concentration surpassing 3000mg/kg - over 30 times the average extra virgin olive oil. This unrivaled potency allows Oleaphen to deliver therapeutic polyphenol levels on par with pharmaceutical nutraceuticals in a convenient, whole-food format.

As the scientific evidence continues to mount, high phenolic olive oils are emerging as a transformative nutraceutical resource for optimal health and chronic disease prevention. By simply incorporating these "liquid gold" polyphenol powerhouses into your daily diet and lifestyle, you could be unlocking a botanical panacea for longevity.

Due to the potency of our oil and possible interactions with medications, you should always consult with your health practitioner before starting your Oleaphen regiment.

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