EFSA Likes Olive Oil Extract

Olive extract polyphenols can claim a botanical antioxidant health claim from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

olive leaf extract pre diabetes diet supplement and metabolic syndrome manegmentI have previously posted on the benefits of periodically including some olive oil in your diet. Many believe olive oil is partly responsible for the health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil polyphenols have demonstrated positive effects on certain biomarkers of health, such as cholesterol-lipoprotein levels, oxidative damage, inflammation, platelet and cellular function, antimicrobial activity and bone health.

One of the most active polyphenols found in olive oil is hydroxytyrosol. The heart health claim opinion from EFSA found that a daily minimum intake of 5mg of hydroxytyrosol and its derivatives oleuropein complex and tyrosol could protect LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol particles from oxidative damage.

The EFSA positive opinion is set to enter the official European Union register of approved claims in the first quarter of 2012.

Go to the EFSA olive oil extract opinion.

Go to the Science Library for more Olive Oil/Leaf Research related to prediabetes and metabolic syndrome.

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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