Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos
Head of School, School of Allied Health at LaTrobe University.
The Olive Wellness Institute is a science repository on the nutrition, health and wellness benefits of olives and olive products, which is all subject to extensive peer review. The institute is guided by scientific experts that specialise in the nutrition, health and wellness benefits related to olive products.
This website is intended to be the go to source of credible information relating to the nutrition, health and wellness benefits of olives and olive products, such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil and other products derived from the olive tree.
Olive Health and Wellness
The olive tree is nature’s ancient source of health and wellness – it is naturally rich in healthy compounds. It is one of the oldest known cultivated trees in the world, and in many countries has been used for various health and wellness purposes since antiquity.
To increase awareness of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and other olive products by gathering, sharing and promoting expert, credible and evidence-based information on their nutrition, health and wellness benefits.
The Olive Wellness Institute is based on the following guiding principles:
The Olive Wellness Institute is strictly committed to delivering evidence-based information informed by high-level research standards.
The Olive Wellness Institute is guided by world-renowned experts in the fields of nutrition, health and wellness, and the information is developed by leading scientists, researchers and health professionals who have research expertise in olives, olive oil and its uses in traditional diets.
All information developed and distributed by the Olive Wellness Institute is subject to extensive review by the Advisory Panel as a result of our evidence based, science-first approach.
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