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