LIVA Olive Oil wins, for the fourth consecutive year, the gold award for High Phenolic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
At an event organized by the non-profit organization World Olive Center for Health and the University of Athens, the Olympia Health & Nutrition Awards, which are given for the fourth year, were presented for the fourth time, based on the sole criteria of the olive oil’s content of the health protection substances of the European Regulation for the health claim. 1569 olive oil samples from 8 countries participated in the competition. The top producers from Greece, Croatia, Italy, Croatia, Spain and Cyprus were awarded. Furthermore, 28 producers of olive oil of gold category from different regions of Greece were awarded.
In a full hall, the opening speech of the programme coordinator, Dr. N. Krimnianiotis, introduced the attendees to the objectives and actions of the Interreg MED ARISTOIL programme “the Mediterranean cluster of high phenolic olive oil producers in the framework of the ARISTOIL programme”, which, with its creation, will ensure the continuation of the programme.
In the context of the speeches, very important results were announced for the first time on the action of olive oil with high phenolic content thanks to its active ingredients, especially the substance oleocanthal, showing that they can inhibit the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer in experimental animals, while it was shown that they can be used in synergy with classical drugs with even more positive results. Particularly important, however, were the announcements on the effect of olive oil with high oleocanthal in patients with mild cognitive impairment and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, while the launch of three studies in patients with multiple sclerosis, diabetes and in athletes to increase endurance was also announced.