Hydroxytyrosol is a phenolic molecule included in the 2-3% of the olives that constitute the called minor compounds. It is the major and most active orto-diphenol in extra virgin olive oil and table olives.
Hydroxytyrosol has a double function: firstly, it protects the oil from oxidation and secondly, it gives human being some health properties related to a wide range of diseases and risk factors.
Due to its chemical structure, it shows antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps counteract the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Bioavailability, absortion and molecular weight of molecules are very relevant when consuming a natural extract or active ingredient, …; it is very important how they perform in our body.
Oxidation and inflammation are involved in most of human being diseases.
In the last years many scientific studies are being published that show numerous biological properties of hydroxytyrosol in our body.
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