People are beginning to discover and rave about olive oil – even if they don’t know all the facts and health benefits of hydroxytyrosol – which is one of the key active ingredients in it. And if you don’t like olive oil or don’t cook at home, you can still receive its benefits. Hydroxytyrosol is a substance found in both the olive fruit and the leaves. It is a natural antioxidant and super anti-inflammatory that comes in a convenient supplement that you can add to your daily routine. Learning about the facts and health benefits of hydroxytyrosol will help you see why more and more people are taking these supplements.

Cardiovascular Disease

One study found that hydroxytyrosol (supplement) can improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risks of having heart problems, especially in its ability to protect low-density lipoproteins in the body from oxidation. Another randomized clinical trial showed that the more the polyphenols from olive oil (thus the hydroxytyrosol) the higher the HDLs – (high density lipoproteins) that were present in the bloodstream.  There is so much research on hydroxytyrosol because it is so prevalent in extra virgin olive oil, and olive oil is the key fat source (olive oil) in the Mediterranean Diet. 

Olive Oil With a Stethoscope

Cancer Prevention

Hydroxytyrosol has been reported to be a key ingredient in reducing the spread of certain cancer cells in the body as well as causing apoptosis (cancer cell death) in certain cases.  The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of hydroxytyrosol may reduce oxidative stress in breast cancer patients.  Another study that actually used this hydroxytyrosol supplement for breast cancer patients with aromatase inhibitors  found a 35% reduction in cRP (c Reactive Proteins) a major marker for inflammation in breast cancer patients within one month of the study.  Another study seems to indicate that hydroxytyrosol causes an anti-spreading affect and apoptosis potential for colorectal cancers as well.  Breast cancer takes the lives of almost 44,000 women and men in the U.S., and there are another 53,000 men and women who die each year from colorectal cancers. 

Aging and Inflammation

No matter how old you are, you can expect to see common signs of aging. As your skin loses some of its collagen and elasticity, you will notice wrinkles and frown lines developing around your mouth and on your forehead. Exposure to UVA rays from the sun, or in a tanning bed could make your skin look older than it should. Aging also makes it harder for your body to fight infections and diseases caused by inflammation.  Taking an olive oil supplement may help your body fight the signs of aging and battle inflammation. Taking an anti-inflammation olive supplement once a day can help prevent swelling and reduce some of the signs that you exhibit of the aging process.*

Metabolic Disorders

Stress, weight gain, high blood sugar levels (diabetes) may all be signs of a metabolic disorder in the body.  Surprisingly, chronic inflammation is a common cause or contributor to these conditions.   Taking a hydroxytyrosol supplement can provide you with a natural anti-inflammatory boost to your system.  It can also prevent the oxidative stress your body experiences that increase your risks of developing different metabolic conditions, including diabetes and weight gain. One study found that users had lower blood sugar and cholesterol readings when taking high levels of olive polyphenols. 

Immune Protection Against Pathogens

Regardless of  where you go, you can pick up germs and bacteria when you’re outside.  These are examples of pathogens. If you worry about the germs or the possibility of becoming sick from them, consider taking supplements made from olive oil. The active ingredients in the olive fruit polyphenols like hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol can contain antimicrobial properties that protect against known pathogens. These pathogens can cause stomach and digestive issues, as well as respiratory issues.

Antioxidant Benefits

Most people are now aware of the many benefits of taking antioxidants.  The benefit comes from reducing the acidity levels and the free radicals that build up over time and stress in the body. Extra virgin olive oil that is high in polyphenols and hydroxytyrosol can help with that.  Antioxidants are common in many different foods, including certain types of tea, pumpkins, red wines, tomatoes, olives and lean meats.  

Supplements vs. Dietary Hydroxytyrosol

As you look at the top hydroxytyrosol benefits, you might wonder where to find more hydroxytyrosol for your diet or how to supplement your diet to get enough to combat these conditions?  Natural hydroxytyrosol is only found in olives, olive oil and in red and white wines. It may not be easy to get enough safely while consuming wine, so you could consider an olive polyphenol supplement.  The OliPura® targeted nutrition line of supplements might be a great source for you as it has pure hydroxytyrosol that has been extracted naturally with a water-based patented process in Spain.  Our supplements are tested, packaged, and labeled here in the U.S. for the highest quality assurance. These supplements give you the equivalent hydroxytyrosol and polyphenols of consuming 2-4 liters of olive oil each week – without the added calories or fats.

Olive Oil Supplements

Taking a hydroxytyrosol supplement is a simple and easy way to get the full benefits of this compound without cooking with or eating olives. Just be sure that there are no solvents used in the making of your olive fruit or olive leaf products.  And be sure that the product lists how much actual hydroxytyrosol you are getting on the label!   

Shop our website here to find a wide range of supplements that give you all of the health benefits of hydroxytyrosol.


“Effect of polyphenols in olive oil on heart disease risk factors: a randomized trial” –

“A combination of hydroxytyrosol, omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin improves pain and inflammation among early stage breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant hormonal therapy: results of a pilot study”

“Hydroxytyrosol and potential uses in cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and AIDS”


* Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.