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Transform your vascular health with the world's first medical grade EVOO & Polyphenol supplement.

Olivea - The Mediterranean Diet In a Capsule

Olivea - The Mediterranean Diet In a Capsule

Extra virgin olive oil is the key ingredient of the Mediterranean diet.

Multiple large-scale human studies published in high impact peer-reviewed journals have associated olive oil consumption with significant cardiovascular benefit:

  • PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea (PREDIMED) clinical trial1–3
  • European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)4–6
  • The Three-City (3C) Study7,8
  • Health Professionals Follow-up Study/Nurse’s Health Study9,10

These studies include more than 150,000 people and associate olive oil consumption with a 25-50% reduction in heart attacks and strokes. The more olive oil consumed, the more pronounced the associated health benefits are.  

It is no surprise that the American Heart Association recommends the Mediterranean diet and avoiding animal fats (e.g., butter) and tropical oils (e.g., coconut) in favor of liquid plant oils11, like olive oil.

Not all olive oil is created equal though and the best evidence is for extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) with its high phenolic content and low acidity. 

Olive oil is severely lacking in Western diets, while being consumed in copious amounts in longevity Blue zones like the Greek island of Icaria12.  

For Olivea, we source the highest quality extra virgin olive oil solely from Greece. Our local producers are located in *** 

Our goal is to promote cardiovascular health by increasing the amount of high-quality olive oil consumed worldwide. 

  1. Phenolic compounds

This strong association between olive oil and cardiovascular benefit begs the question: what component in olive oil is responsible?

The best evidence to date supports olive oil’s phenolic compounds (polyphenols). 

Small-scale human and animal studies have illustrated olive oil polyphenols’ beneficial properties:

  • Anti-oxidative13–15
  • Anti-inflammatory16,17
  • Anti-carcinogenic18–20

Key among olive oil’s more than 30 phenols is hydroxytyrosol, which along with its metabolites has a well described anti-oxidative profile21,22.

In recognition of this evidence, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) permits olive oil products contributing at least 5 mg of hydroxytyrosol per day to carry the health claim: “polyphenols from olive [oil] have an antioxidant activity that may help maintain healthy LDL cholesterol levels23.

For Olivea, we source extra virgin olive oil rich in polyphenols distilling them in high concentrations in the form of an olive tree extract. In turn, we enrich this extract with additional olive oil-derived hydroxytyrosol to ensure a 10-15 mg daily level.

  1. Olivea

Olivea’s capsule-in-capsule is a natural product made solely from extra virgin olive oil. 

The inner capsule contains a powder extract of olive oil enriched in polyphenols and particularly hydroxytyrosol to meet your daily needs. 

The outer capsule contains extra virgin olive oil for the polyphenols to be released in their natural liquid environment when absorbed.

Our capsule-in-capsule technology is instrumental in delivering the polyphenol-enriched extra virgin olive oil to the right place at the right time. 


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  2. Guasch-Ferré, M. et al. Olive oil intake and risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in the PREDIMED Study. BMC Med. 12, 78 (2014).
  3. Martínez-González, M. Á. et al. Extravirgin Olive Oil Consumption Reduces Risk of Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation 130, 18–26 (2014).
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  16. Aparicio-Soto, M. et al. Dietary extra virgin olive oil attenuates kidney injury in pristane-induced SLE model via activation of HO-1/Nrf-2 antioxidant pathway and suppression of JAK/STAT, NF-κB and MAPK activation. J. Nutr. Biochem. 27, 278–288 (2016).
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  20. Verdura, S. et al. An olive oil phenolic is a new chemotype of mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) inhibitors. Carcinogenesis 40, 27–40 (2019).
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