+Traditional cultivation methods
=Olive Oil high in nutritional values
By the time they leave the olive press, many olive oils have lost a significant amount of their natural polyphenol content. These polyphenols are the natural antioxidants or vitamins, which medical studies indicate as the element most beneficial to human health. Our ODE Success Cycle is your guarantee that each bottle leaving our premises contains richly aromatic, just-pressed Greek olive oil with the highest possible nutritional values.
Careful hand-harvesting (in order not to bruise the olives) begins in November when the olives are still slightly unripe.
The resulting olive oil is of superior quality, a naturally clear green-golden colour, richly aromatic olive oil and high in nutritional values.
Our experts are on site at harvest time in order to ensure the best quality olives are selected
Olives are transferred to the press without delay, where they are washed and any leaves removed, and the olive fruit immediately cold-pressed
When the olives arrive at the press they are processed in small batches for better quality control. Each batch produced is recorded with its own Lot number and samples are tested in our on-site laboratory
Olives are sensitive to heat and many older-technology presses are unable to prevent temperatures creeping up during all production stages. This affects not only the aroma and taste but also the beneficial polyphenol content. Evoolution guarantees its olives are cold-extracted at a steady temperature of below 27°C throughout.
Our olive press is two-phase, with the result that the fresh fruit juice or olive oil produced with Evoolution methodology never comes into contact with water. This is important, since the vitamins and natural antioxidants in olive oil, known as polyphenols, are water-soluble
In our quest to produce the best possible olive oil: to the ingredients of traditional, natural cultivation methods and healthy olive varieties we must also add the contribution of modern technology to olive oil production methods.
Once extracted, the olive oil is stored in airtight stainless steel drums, where it remains under ideal climate-controlled conditions, until it is needed for bottling
- Olive oil is the natural oil extracted from olives, the fatty fruit of the olive tree.
- About 24% of the oil is saturated fats and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (1).
- But the predominant (73%) fatty acid in olive oil is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid, which is extremely healthy.
- Oleic acid is believed to help reduce inflammation, and may have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer (2, 3, 4, 5).
Monounsaturated fats in extra virgin olive oil are also quite resistant to high heat, making it a healthy choice for cooking.
- Extra virgin olive oil is fairly nutritious.
- Apart from its beneficial fatty acids, it contains modest amounts of Vitamins E and K.
- But olive oil is also loaded with powerful antioxidants.
- These antioxidants are biologically active and may help fight serious diseases (6, 7).
- This includes antioxidants that can fight inflammation and help prevent the cholesterol in our blood from becoming oxidized, both crucial steps in the heart disease process (8, 9).
Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants, some of which have powerful biological effects.
- Chronic inflammation is thought to be among the leading drivers of many diseases.
- This includes cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and even obesity.
- Olive oil can reduce inflammation, which may be one of the main reasons for its health benefits.
- The main anti-inflammatory effects are mediated by the antioxidants. Key among them is oleocanthal, which has been shown to work similarly to ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug (10).
- Some scientists estimate that the oleocanthal in 50 ml (3.4 tablespoons) of extra virgin olive oil has a similar effectiveness as 10% of the adult dosage of ibuprofen (11).
- There are also studies suggesting that oleic acid itself, the main fatty acid in olive oil, can reduce levels of important inflammatory markers like CRP (2, 3).
- One study also showed that olive oil antioxidants can inhibit some genes and proteins that drive inflammation (12).
Olive oil contains nutrients that can fight inflammation. This includes oleic acid, as well as the antioxidant oleocanthal.
- Stroke is caused by a disturbance of blood flow to the brain, either due to a blood clot or bleeding.
- In developed nations, stroke is the second most common cause of death, right after heart disease (13).
- The relationship between olive oil and the risk of stroke has been studied extensively.
- A large review study that included over 841,000 subjects found that olive oil was the only source of monounsaturated fat associated with a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease (14).
- These findings are supported by another large review study, this one with 140,000 participants. Researchers found that those who consumed olive oil were at a much lower risk of stroke (15).
There are many large studies showing that people who consume olive oil have a much lower risk of developing stroke, the second biggest killer in developed countries.
- Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world (16).
- Observational studies conducted a few decades ago showed that heart disease was rare around the Mediterranean Sea.
- This led to extensive research on the Mediterranean diet, which has now been shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease (17, 18).
- Extra virgin olive oil is one of the key features of this diet, and protects against heart disease via numerous mechanisms (19).
- It lowers inflammation, protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation, improves the function of the lining of the blood vessels, and may help prevent unwanted blood clotting (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25).
- Interestingly, it has also been shown to lower blood pressure, which is one of the strongest risk factors for heart disease and premature death. In one study, olive oil reduced the need for blood pressure meds by 48% (26, 27, 28).
- The truth is that dozens, if not hundreds, of studies have shown that extra virgin olive oil has powerful benefits for the heart.
- If you have heart disease, a family history of heart disease, or any other major risk factor, then you might want to consider including plenty of extra virgin olive oil in your diet.
Olive oil has numerous benefits for heart health. It lowers blood pressure, protects LDL particles from oxidation, and has beneficial effects on many other risk factors.
- Eating fat does not make you fat, and olive oil is no exception.
- Numerous studies have linked Mediterranean dietary patterns, rich in olive oil, with favorable effects on body weight (29, 30, 31).
- In a 2.5 year study of more than 7000 Spanish college students, consuming a lot of olive oil was not linked to increased weight (32).
- In other words, high intake of olive oil is not linked with weight gain or obesity in observational studies.
- A 3-year study in 187 participants found that a diet rich in olive oil increased levels of antioxidants in the blood and caused weight loss (33).
Consuming large amounts of olive oil does not appear to increase the likelihood of weight gain. It may even be beneficial for weight loss.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world.
- One of its key features is a buildup of so-called beta amyloid plaques inside brain cells.
- One study in mice showed that a substance in olive oil can help remove these plaques from brain cells (34).
- Another study, this time in humans, showed that a Mediterranean diet with olive oil had beneficial effects on brain function (35).
Some studies suggest that olive oil can help fight Alzheimer’s disease, but more research is needed to confirm this.
- Olive oil appears to be highly protective against diabetes.
- Several studies have linked olive oil to beneficial effects on blood sugar and insulin sensitivity (36, 37).
- A randomized clinical trial of 418 non-diabetic participants recently confirmed the protective effects of olive oil (38).
- In this study, a Mediterranean diet with olive oil reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by over 40%.
Both observational studies and clinical trials suggest that olive oil, combined with a Mediterranean diet, can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Cancer is one of the most common causes of death in the world.
- People in Mediterranean countries have a lower risk of some cancers, and many researchers believe that olive oil may have something to do with it (39).
- The antioxidants in olive oil can reduce oxidative damage due to free radicals, which is believed to be one of the leading drivers of cancer (40, 41).
- Many test tube studies have shown that compounds in olive oil can help fight cancer cells (42, 43).
- Whether olive oil can actually help to prevent cancer needs to be studied properly in humans.
There is preliminary evidence that olive oil may help prevent cancer, but this needs to be studied properly.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by deformed and painful joints.
- The exact cause is not well understood, but it involves the body’s immune system attacking normal cells by mistake.
- Olive oil supplementation appears to improve inflammatory markers and reduce oxidative stress in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (44, 45).
- Olive oil appears to be particularly beneficial when combined with fish oil, a source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
- In one study, olive oil and fish oil significantly reduced joint pain, handgrip strength and morning stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis (46).
Olive oil can help reduce joint pain and swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. The beneficial effects are greatly increased when combined with fish oil.
- Olive oil contains many nutrients that can inhibit or kill harmful bacteria (47).
- One of these is Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that lives in the stomach and can cause stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.
- Test tube studies have shown extra virgin olive oil to be effective against eight strains of this bacteria, three of which are resistant to antibiotics (48).
- A study in humans showed that 30 grams of extra virgin olive oil can eliminate Helicobacter pylori infection in 10-40% of people in as little as 2 weeks (49).
Extra virgin olive oil has anti-bacterial properties, and has been shown to be particularly effective against Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.