Oleuropein is a phenolic derivative that belongs to the secoiridoids. This compound is responsible for the browning capacity and it also gives EVOO its bitter taste.

Cardiovascular System Properties

Oleuropein is best known for its blood pressure-lowering activity. It is as well a powerful antioxidant which scavenges free radical species in the body and there is even evidence about its reduction of LDL oxidation. Beyond hypertension and antioxidant effects, oleuropein has been shown to have cardioprotective effects.



Oleuropein has been proven to be a potential antiangiogenic, with some preliminary evidence showing it may inhibit cell growth and invasiveness.


Other health benefits

Oleuropein has many pharmachological properties, including anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antimicrobial and skin protectant effects.