Oleocanthal - Nature's gift for pain relief

Oleocanthal a powerful anti oxidant found only in

High Polyphenol Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 

One of the latest scientific discoveries shown to control the onset of many diseases

No wonder so many Mediterranean's have fewer cases of heart disease, cancer, stroke even dementia......

Follow us on our journey of decoding the amazing benefits of this super anti oxidant... 


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Have you ever wondered why certain people live to the ripe old age of 100?

Over the last 10 years there has been a major shift in the scientific world. Medical science is finally understanding that our cellular environment can modify the function of each of our genes. 

So what does this mean for you and I? Well, really simply what we eat and how we live can influence our cellular environment and determine whether a gene is switched on or off. This is the field of Epigenetics. Epigenetics can influence your wellbeing, your longevity and ultimately your life. 

It's all about Epigenetics and You....

My name is Dora Papamakarios and I am a Post-Doctoral Molecular Biologist. I have a passion for all things science. I completed my PhD studies nearly 10 years ago studying the effects of Estrogen on Breast Cancer. Over the years I have developed a strong passion for Nutritional Medicine and how we as individuals can positively impact our wellbeing.

How can this be achieved? By following a Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle. By choosing natural super foods and living a balanced, stress free, active, positive lifestyle. We can make a change. We together can have a huge impact on life. Your life and my life.... Our lives.... 

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Dr Dora Papamakarios BSc (Hons) PhD


What you eat, where you live, when you sleep, how you socialise, how you exercise, your spirituality and how you age is Epigenetics

Chemical modifations in cells from the food you eat or the lifestyle you lead can turn genes on or off over time. This is the field of Epigenetics. 

You influence your Epigenetics

You might be susceptible to disease because of poor genetics, however you can reduce your chances of getting a certain disorder by following a healthy diet and lifestyle. 

The Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle. 

The Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle will influence your epigenetics.

It's scientifically proven...........

Follow us on our journey whilst we identify and offer you the best functional foods for optimal health and wellbeing

Scientific Reviews

Can 2 tbs of Olive Oil per day keep the doctor away?

Can 2 tbs of Olive Oil per day keep the doctor away?

One in every two Australians have at least one prominent chronic condition1. Chronic disease accounted for 9 out of every 10 deaths in Australia in...


Antioxidants and Polyphenols in Olive Oil

Olive oil contains polyphenols, vitamin E, C and other natural antioxidants. These anti oxidants act as the olives natural preservatives by delaying oxidation and therefore increasing the oil's shelf life. There are a number of specific polypenols/antioxidants found in Extra Virgin Olive Oil (measured as Total Phenols mg/kg) which have been associated via scientific studies and Clinical Trials with human health benefits. By absorbing free radicals they can have a positive impact in the protection against heart disease, Alzheimer's, Rheumatoid Arthritis and even cancer * Such polyphenols include Oleocanthal (olive oil specific), Oleacein, hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol and their derivatives. 

As polyphenols in olive oil are water soluble, levels can decrease during milling and storage. Therefore the correct storage procedures are absolutely necessary to maintain the integrity of the olive oil. 

Polyphenols and Oil Style

Polyphenols correlate with key sensory oil properties; bitterness and pungency. These attributes correlate with the style of olive oil eg mild, medium or robust. Classification is directly related to polyphenol content as robust oils have a Total phenol level above 300mg/kg and mild oils have a Total Phenol level below 180mg/kg.

Polyphenols in Olive Fruit

Polyphenol levels in olives depends on many factors include, the climate, harvest time, the elevation of the trees, the age of the trees, the variety and agricultural practices. Irrigation also has a huge impact on levels of polyphenol levels. Lower levels of watering increases phenol levels. 

Harvest time is one of the most important factors in high polyphenol olive oil. The greener the fruit which correlates to the hardening of the pit, the early the harvest, the high the level of polyphenols. See table below. 

High polyphenol olive varieties include Koroneiki, Coratina, Cornicabra and Moraiolo. 

Polyphenols levels and Health

Studies have identified the key protecting agent in the Mediterranean Diet for health and longevity is due to the Phenolic compounds in olive oil. Not only do polyphenols absorb free radicals however they act as an anti-inflammatory as confirmed in clinical studies.* Inflammation has been identified as the precursor to most chronic diseases.**  With 1 in 3 Australians having at least 1 out of 8 chronic diseases, *** there has never been a more important time to make a lifestyle change. 

Marrugat, J.Eur J Nut,. 2004, 43:100

Fito, MM. Athero, 2005, 181:149, 

** Stefani, M. Int J Molecula Sciences. 2016 17:843   Fito, M. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2008, 62:570

***The Department of Health - Australian Government

Images, table and information relating to Olive oil and polyphenol - Agbiolab, Inc, 2014

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The information provided on this website and in any supporting literature is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. Please consult your doctor for all medical advice.  Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided. Epigenetics and You takes no responsibility or liability for any person or entity with regards to any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the use of the information provided on this website. Epigenetics and You assumes no responsibility for those who chose to treat themselves with or without the consultation of a medical practitioner.