We have all heard about the powerful health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. One of the main reasons for it’s health benefits are the phenolic compounds in olive oil. Phenolic compounds are anti-oxidants that are in olives. However, not all olive oils are equal when it comes to the phenolic content. Your average olive oil from the grocery store although good for you doesn’t contain as much of these phenolic compounds called polyphenols.

High polyphenol olive oil comes from specific types of olives that are grown in regions with high heat and low rainfall. This stresses the plant increasing the content of the polyphenols in the olives. To increase the polyphenol content they are picked before they are ripe. They also pick them by hand never allowing them to bruise from falling on the ground. They are then gently cold pressed. And now you have high polyphenol olive oil.

The amount of phenolic compounds can be measured through lab analysis. The average grocery store extra virgin olive oil has polyphenol count of 100 to 300. To be considered a high polyphenol olive oil it has to have a polyphenol count of at least 500. The higher the count the more protective the olive oil is.

High polyphenol olive oil is very anti-inflammatory and protect’s our heart, blood vessels, brain, central nervous system, liver, joints and protects against dementia, Alzheimers, cancers, diabetes, obesity and immune modulated and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus! It helps lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce higher blood sugar levels by improving insulin resistance. It has been shown to help reduce high blood pressure and help improve neurodegenerative diseases.

Studies tell us the olive oils with a high polyphenol content are powerful and can substantially reduce the risk of many adverse conditions.

There are several companies promoting high polyphenol olive oils. Most do not offer a lab analysis proving their polyphenol power. I think having that lab analysis is important. I want to know it  has the amount of polyphenols they claim. So, I recommend buying from a source that provides the lab analysis. Additionally, some high polyphenol olive oils can be ridiculously expensive compared to grocery store brands. A little research goes a long ways and I am helping you some with the recommendations below.

In my opinion the best brands for high polyphenol content are;

Liokareas Rx HPEVOO, 1296 count (no analysis available) $59.00 for 325ml
Olive From The Raw, 1400 count SOLE che SORGE $44.00 for 500ml (analysis available for current batch) Because its a small producer the supply can be limited.
Atsas Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2000 count $45.00 for 100ml (analysis available for 2020)

I am not affiliated with either brand and do not receive any commission from their sales.

Regardless of the brand make high quality olive oil a part of your daily life. It can improve the quality of your health and longevity! Studies show that as little as 1 tablespoon of high polyphenol olive oil a day can be very protective!

Yours in health,

Wally Bishop I.N.H.C., C.N.C., C.I.C.P.
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner

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