Polyphenols - What are they?

Polyphenols - What are they? - Papa Vince


What are Polyphenols?

Polyphenols are compounds naturally present in fruits and vegetables. There are 8000 different types of polyphenols.

Polyphenols are abundant in extra virgin olive oil; some is found in virgin olive oil.

Refined olive oil only has trace amounts of polyphenols since most are removed during refining. This is why quality matters.

The intake of polyphenols, in appropriate concentrations, can present promising effects in the prevention of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and others, and they have been proven to help prevent diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases.

The most common Polyphenols in the human diet are:

  • Flavonoids,
  • Phenolic Acids and
  • Tannins.


Flavonoids are commonly found in fruits and vegetables. They play an important role in color and taste. In fact, they give a bitter taste to vegetables and extra virgin olive oil.

Studies have linked flavonoids intake with: the improvement of behavior and cognition, neuroinflammation decrease and attenuation of oxidative stress, attenuation of Alzheimer's associated symptoms, antimutagenic activity, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, anti-proliferative action on tumor cells, atherosclerosis protection, radio-protective action, hair tonic, hormonal repository in natural menopause women and antimicrobial properties.

Phenolic Acids

Phenolic Acids give vegetables and extra virgin olive oil that sour and pungent tingly sensation that most people find delightful. They have a wide biological potential since they may act as antidepressant, antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antihyperglycemic, anticancer and anti-diarrheal. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is loaded with Phenolic Acids like: oleuropein, verbascoside, oleocanthal, hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, and more others.


Tannins make vegetables bitter and astringent and give your mouth that dry feeling. Besides being considered good natural antioxidants, they are also considered to be cardioprotective agents, antitumor, anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulator, besides to enhance glucose uptake and inhibit adipogenesis.


In conclusion

Polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil defends your body from unwelcome diseases like Gladiators in the Coliseum.

They strengthen your health through several mechanisms, including the elimination of free radicals, the protection and regeneration of other dietary antioxidants (such as vitamin E).

They present additional beneficial properties such as: antioxidant, immune modulatory actions, anticancer and antibacterial activity.

Why not add all these beneficial effects with flavor…

Papa Vince Extra Virgin Olive Oil is High in Polyphenols! At harvest date, it contains and avg greater than 370 mg/kg at the time of harvest. The daily intake of Extra Virgin Olive Oil will help improve your nutrient absorption and boost your immune system.

Polyphenols and their applications: An approach in food chemistry and innovation potential. Food Chemistry, Volume 338, 15 February 2021, 127535.
Authors: Fábio Fernandes de Araújo, David de Paulo Farias, Iramaia Angélica Neri-Numa, Glaucia Maria Pastore. For: Bioflavors and Bioactive Compounds Laboratory, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Food Engineering, University of Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2020.127535
Date accessed: 09/05/2022. Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814620313972

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