You may know that olive oil is healthy for you when compared to other types of vegetable oils or fats. However, not all olive oils are the same, nor do they all provide the same health benefits. When it comes to your health, polyphenol-enriched extra virgin olive oil is the best choice, and your body will thank you for it!

What Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO, is olive oil that is unrefined, and it is cold-pressed without heat that makes it extra virgin olive oil.  The olives are not heated in any way, and the oil is not treated with any additives.  ‏Regular olive oil may be heated before the liquid is pressed from them. This makes the production of the oil more effective and cheaper.  This can make lengthen the olive oil’s shelf life and raise the cooking temperature.  However, regular olive oils do not have same health benefits because their process strips the oil of its anti-inflammatory properties, their anti-oxidants and their vitamins that are found in EVOO. 

Anti-Inflammatory Agents in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The primary active ingredients in olive fruit polyphenols are hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol.  These two natural ingredients have a tremendous amount of clinical and scientific data on their capacity to reduce inflammation in the body.  The chemical activities of these two ingredients combine to increase HDL production, reduce total cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and improve your arterial wall structure. *

In addition, these ingredients in polyphenol-rich EVOO (PE-EVOO) can also lowers cRP levels (c Reactive Proteins – a biomarker for inflammation), stimulate the body’s immune system, and improve joint inflammation and pain.*  Find more about PE-EVOO here!

Anti-Oxidants in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Oleuropeins PE-EVOO have significant anti-oxidant properties and can reduce the ROS (reactive oxygen species) which can cause free radicals and cell damage.  Studies also show that the oleuropeins can reduce aging of tissues as well as prevent atherosclerosis (plaque formation in the arteries).

Vitamin in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in both vitamin E and K which help the body to

  • promote digestion
  • support healthy brain function
  • maintain good vision
  • slow the aging process
  • help the body clot blood when needed
  • regulates calcium levels in the body

Anything Else It Can Do For Me?

Yes!  There is a long list of health benefits linked to eating and cooking with extra virgin olive oil. Because it is a mainstay of the Mediterranean diet, it has been studied extensively.   

Polyphenol-rich EVOO

But some of the most exciting health benefits come for people with diabetes, metabolic disorders and neurological disease that is caused by aggravated by chronic inflammation.  

So How Much EVOO Do I Need?

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has determined that a minimum 5 mg of hydroxytyrosol and its derivatives in olive oil (approximately 3-4 tablespoons of normal EVOO or 1 tablespoon of CardiOlive® 25x) should be consumed daily by individuals like CardiOlive® 25x has in it.*  

So whether you cook with it, take a tablespoon in your smoothie every day, or try olive polyphenol supplements and capsules, you can find a delicious or convenient way to get more olive oil polyphenols.  Contact us and we can help you with that at!  


* 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.