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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.

 

Our Mission

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.

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The Olive Wellness Institute is based on the following guiding principles:

EVIDENCE-BASED
The Olive Wellness Institute is strictly committed to delivering evidence-based information informed by high-level research standards.
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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.
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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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High phenolic olive oils lead to a small reduction in systolic but not diastolic blood pressure and oxidized LDL compared to low phenolic olive oils, and there was no difference in cholesterol, triglycerides and malondialdehyde.
Key reference: Hohmann, C.D., et al., Effects of high phenolic olive oil on cardiovascular risk factors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Phytomedicine, 2015. 22(6): p. 631-40.
A Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, and was associated with improved cognitive functioning.
Key reference: Petersson, S.D. and E. Philippou, Mediterranean Diet, Cognitive Function, and Dementia: A Systematic Review of the Evidence. Adv Nutr, 2016. 7(5): p. 889-904.
Evidence from randomised controlled trials shows olive oil exerts beneficial effects on markers of inflammation and endothelial function.
Key reference: Schwingshackl, L., M. Christoph, and G. Hoffmann, Effects of Olive Oil on Markers of Inflammation and Endothelial Function-A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrients, 2015. 7(9): p. 7651-75.
Olive oil consumption significantly reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and stroke, but not specifically for coronary heart disease (CHD) risk.
Key reference: Martinez-Gonzalez, M.A., L.J. Dominguez, and M. Delgado-Rodriguez, Olive oil consumption and risk of CHD and/or stroke: a meta-analysis of case-control, cohort and intervention studies. Br J Nutr, 2014. 112(2): p. 248-59.
Any high diet quality, including a Mediterranean diet specifically, was associated with a reduction in the incidence of depressive symptoms, but a causal relationship is not yet established.
Key reference: Molendijk, M., et al., Diet quality and depression risk: A systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies. J Affect Disord, 2018. 226: p. 346-354.
The Mediterranean diet was inversely associated with metabolic syndrome, although the data are limited and come mostly from cross-sectional studies.
Key reference: Godos, J., et al., Adherence to the Mediterranean diet is inversely associated with metabolic syndrome occurrence: a meta-analysis of observational studies. Int J Food Sci Nutr, 2017. 68(2): p. 138-148.
The Mediterranean diet was efficacious for long-term weight loss in overweight or obese individuals compared with low-fat diets, but not compared with other diets (a low carbohydrate diet or the American Diabetes Association diet).
Key reference: Mancini, J.G., et al., Systematic Review of the Mediterranean Diet for Long-Term Weight Loss. Am J Med, 2016. 129(4): p. 407-415 e4.
Olive oil consumption decreased total cholesterol (TC), LDL cholesterol (LDL-C), and triglycerides (TG) significantly less than other plant oils, and increased HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) significantly more than other plant oils.
Key reference: Ghobadi, S., et al., Comparison of blood lipid-lowering effects of olive oil and other plant oils: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 27 randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr, 2018: p. 1-15.
High olive oil intake was associated with a decreased risk of T2D and improved glucose metabolism in persons with T2D.
Key reference: Schwingshackl, L., et al., Olive oil in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies and intervention trials. Nutr Diabetes, 2017. 7(4): p. e262.
There was insufficient evidence to support the use of the Mediterranean Diet for the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis, but it may provide some benefit for the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
Key reference: Forsyth, C., et al., The effects of the Mediterranean diet on rheumatoid arthritis prevention and treatment: a systematic review of human prospective studies. Rheumatol Int, 2018. 38(5): p. 737-747.

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Effects of Adherence to a Mediterranean-style Diet and Healthy Lifestyle on Cognitive Functioning in Independently Living Older Individuals

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Olive Wellness Institute Advisory Panel

 

The Olive Wellness Institute has an expert Advisory Panel, to provide insight and guidance, and to ensure a high level of scientific direction. The functions of the Advisory Panel members are to provide evidence-based guidance to the Olive Wellness Institute, to ensure:

  • The Olive Wellness Institute is viewed as a highly credible, evidence-based source of olive nutrition, health and wellness information.
  • All information that is prepared and released by the Olive Wellness Institute is credible, non-biased and scientifically sound.
  • Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos

    Head of School, School of Allied Health at LaTrobe University.

  • Associate Professor Mary Flynn

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinical) at Brown University.

  • Dr. Simon Poole

    Qualifications: MBBS DRCOG About: Dr Simon Poole MBBS DRCOG is a Cambridge…

  • Professor Russell Keast

    Professor at Deakin University.

  • Dr. Michael Kingsley

    Lead academic Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology at La Trobe University

  • Dr. Selina Wang

    Research director of the UC Davis Olive Center

  • Dr. Flavia Fayet-Moore

    Registered Nutritionist and Accredited Practising Dietitian

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