Chemistry and health of olive oil phenolics

Cicerale, Sara, Conlan, Xavier A., Sinclair, Andrew J. and Keast, Russell S. J. 2009, Chemistry and health of olive oil phenolics, Critical reviews in food science and nutrition, vol. 49, pp. 218-236.

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Title Chemistry and health of olive oil phenolics
Author(s) Cicerale, Sara
Conlan, Xavier A.
Sinclair, Andrew J.
Keast, Russell S. J.
Journal name Critical reviews in food science and nutrition
Volume number 49
Start page 218
End page 236
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1040-8398
1549-7852
Keyword(s) Virgin olive oil
olive oil phenolics
Mediterranean diet
health benefits
Summary The Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower incidence of atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer. The apparent health benefits have been partially attributed to the dietary consumption of virgin olive oil by Mediterranean populations. Most recent interest has focused on the biologically active phenolic compounds naturally present in virgin olive oils. Studies (human, animal, in vivo and in vitro) have shown that olive oil phenolics have positive effects on certain physiological parameters, such as plasma lipoproteins, oxidative damage, inflammatory markers, platelet and cellular function, and antimicrobial activity. Presumably, regular dietary consumption of virgin olive oil containing phenolic compounds manifests in health benefits associated with a Mediterranean diet. This paper summarizes current knowledge on the physiological effects of olive oil phenolics. Moreover, a number of factors have the ability to affect phenolic concentrations in virgin olive oil, so it is of great importance to understand these factors in order to preserve the essential health promoting benefits of olive oil phenolic compounds.
Language eng
Field of Research 110199 Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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