An Overview of Olive Oil Biomolecules
The benefits of olive oil in nutrition were correlated with the prevention and therapy for many diseases. Many
studies established an association with the low rate of heart disease deaths and the Mediterranean diet, especially the
consumption of olive oil. Olive oil contains many bioactive molecules that could explain its multiple therapeutic effects.
When isolated, olive oil biomolecules have shown their specific therapeutic effects towards many diseases including
cardiovascular, cancer, arthrosclerosis, osteoporosis and immunity deregulation. Moreover some of these biomolecules
possess antimicrobial activity.
In this review, we are interested in therapeutic potentials of olive oil biomolecules in relation to variable extraction
Keywords: Olive oil, extra virgin, biomolecules, oleic acid, hydroxytyrosol, oleoropein, oleocanthal, squalene, sterolic
compound, tyrosol, tocopherol, phenolic compound, carotenoid, coronary heart disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, cancer,
atherosclerosis, antimicrobial, extraction.
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