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Olives (Olea europaea) are the fruit of a species of small evergreen tree in the family Oleaceae, found traditionally in the Mediterranean region.


-Vitamin E is the main vitamin present in table olives.

The health properties of Olea europaea L. are mostly attributable to a pool of secoiridoids such as oleuropein and its de-glycosylated derivatives (i.e. oleuropein aglycone and oleacein) as well as to simple phenols such as hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol.[1]

Healing Properties






Disease / Symptom Treatment

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been shown to promote a reduction in macroscopic intestinal damage also showing, at the microscopic level, a reduction of inflammation, reduction of fibrosis, and an increase in mast cells and their degranulation (activation).[1:1]

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), a main component of the Mediterranean diet, shows positive effects on chronic inflammation in IBDs.[1:2]

Abdominal Pain

Extra virgin olive oil may provide abdominal pain relief.[1:3]

  1. Title: Extra virgin olive oil and related by-products (Olea europaea L.) as natural sources of phenolic compounds for abdominal pain relief in gastrointestinal disorders in rats
    Publication: Royal Society of Chemistry: Food & Function
    Date: October 2020
    Study Type: Animal Study: In Vivo
    Author(s): Carmen Parisio, Elena Lucarini, Laura Micheli, Alessandra Toti, Maria Bellumori, Lorenzo Cecchi, Laura Calosi, Daniele Bani, Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Nadia Mulinacci, and Carla Ghelardini
    Institutions: University of Florence, Italy
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