Health Benefits of Polyphenols – The Natural Bio-Active Compounds
Many health benefits such as a strong reduction in cardiovascular heart diseases have been associated with a high intake of olive oil. Olive oil and olive fruit are a rich source of polyphenolic compounds with potent free radical-scavenging and anti-inflammatory properties. Polyphenols are the natural bioactive compounds which contribute mostly to the health benefits of olive oil. The European Food Safety Authority Panel has confirmed the relationship between the daily intake of 5mg of olive oil polyphenols and the protection of LDL particles from oxidative stress. Recently, the EU commission has authorized a health claim with regards to olive oil polyphenols.
A diet rich in olive oil may be able to slow down the aging of the heart. It is a known fact that as we grow older the heart also goes through a normal aging process. The arteries may not function as well as they did and this can lead to a number of health problems. In a recent study, Spanish researchers from the Lipids and Atherosclerosis Research Unit of the Reina Sofia University Hospital in Cordoba, discovered that a diet rich in olive oil or other monounsaturated fats could improve the arterial function of elderly individuals.
The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled, and research reveals more benefits nearly every day. Olive oil is the cornerstone of a Mediterranean diet an essential mainstay for the world’s longest-living cultures. The Mediterranean diet, which is high in olive oil consumption, fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, is associated with enhanced health and longevity.
Polyphenol Concentration Depends on the Olive Fruit Variety
All olive & olive oils are not the same in terms of content in polyphenols. There are specific varieties of olive fruits mainly in the Mediterranean area, containing higher concentrations of polyphenols. Consumers cannot measure the amount of polyphenols they consume in their daily intake of olive & olive oil products, thus the health benefits may vary depending on the variety of olive fruits and olive oil consumed.
Daily Calorie Intake
For a balanced Mediterranean diet the daily consumption of olive fruit and olive oil has been estimated to be in the range of 30 to 50 g/day, with a median polyphenol content between 200 and 600 mg/L. This amount has an associated energetic burden of over 200 Kcal (200 Kcal to 500 Kcal), almost 1/9 to 1/3 of the average daily requirement.
QH-2™ Complex is a Unique Formula
Gourmante Mediterranean Olive Fruit & Leaf Extracts herbal food supplement, contains QH-2™ a synergistic complex, obtained from Mediterranean Olea europaea (fruit) and Olea europaea (leaf), which provides biologically enhanced olive polyphenols.
The complex is an optimal standardized combination of natural bio-active polyphenols of olive fruit, olive oil, and olive leaves, that exploit synergistic action. It contains a high concentration of the hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, oleuropein, verbascosides, and others in an adequate ratio to obtain a higher activity and efficacy. The product is standardized in hydroxytyrosol and guarantees a high antioxidant activity during DPPH radical scavenging activity tests. Due to this it also has an anti-inflammatory effect. It is obtained through environmentally friendly extraction processes and is 100% natural.
The regulation of the blood’s cholesterol is linked with the activity of the hydroxy-methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMG-CoA reductase), which is the key enzyme in cholesterol biosynthesis. The use of the potent hydroxytyrosol phenolic compound that inhibits HMG-CoA reductase, is very effective in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood and plays an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, protecting cardiovascular health in several ways, including making the ‘good cholesterol’ work in a more complete way.
Below is a diagram showing how the QH-2™ complex works.
A daily intake of just 1 capsule in the morning is recommended, with or without food. Each bottle contains a 30 day supply. One capsule offers:
- The same health benefits as two tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil of high concentration in polyphenols
- A guaranteed daily dose of polyphenols
- No calories at all
- Easy intake