Close this search box.

Active-Italia: Hydroxytyrosol as a Component of the Mediterranean Diet and Its Role in Disease Prevention

Hydroxytyrosol as a Component of the Mediterranean Diet and Its Role in Disease Prevention

Cat: , , , , ,
Hydroxytyrosol is a polyphenol that forms part of the minor compound fraction of extra virgin olive oil, one of the most important elements in the Mediterranean diet.

(…)Because of the low incidence of different diseases in Mediterranean countries, such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer, plenty of studies have been performed showing which components of this healthy diet are responsible for these beneficial effects, and most of them have reported that hydroxytyrosol is one of these components. Because of the nature of this element, many studies of this isolated component have been performed using different hydroxytyrosol-enriched olive oils.

This research has demonstrated hydroxytyrosol’s potential as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiatherogenic agent and its role in the prevention of different diseases, together with some other direct activities such as antitumor action or as an inhibitor of the expression of different cellular receptors.

In addition, a relation with the expression of some specific proteins involved in many diseases has been documented in the scientific literature.

Other studies have focused on its antimicrobial and dermatological activities and its importance in healing and epithelization after surgery.

All these findings allow a possible role as a nutraceutical in the prevention and treatment of some pathologies to be postulated.

Source of the Article

Mª del Carmen Ramírez-Tortose, Mario Pulido-Moran, Sergio Granados, José J.Gaforio, José L. Quiles


Click on the icon to read more

Linked Article

Biological Relevance of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Polyphenols Metabolites
More than 30 phenolic compounds have been identified in EVOO, but not all of them are present in every oil. The large variety of polyphenols found in. . .
find out more



  • The info presented in this post should not replace professional medical or dietary advice, diagnosis or treatment.
  • Always consult your registered dietitian or physician before making any significant dietary or exercise changes.
  • Don’t ignore professional medical advice due to the info presented here.
  • Active-Italia products are intended for laboratory use only and are not for consumer use.

Get Insights on Developments in Biomedical Research

There’s an ocean of publications in biomedical research. We want to help you navigate through them, by bringing you relevant information suited to your professional needs and interests.