America discovers high phenolic EVOO health benefits.

Nicolas Netien at Atsas organic farm

Nicolas Netien at Atsas organic farm

March 27 208

Nicolas Netien manages Atsas Organic Farm on behalf of George David. It is in a gently sloping valley within the UN buffer zone between Cyprus and the Turkish occupied north. Over the barbed wire and past the watchtowers in the Turkish territory is the village of Petra where David’s family has its roots.

Following a 5 year struggle in Cyprus and Greece to develop the best practices for producing the highest phenolic EVOO we have succeeded in guiding the olive oil industry to the next level of quality, transparency and direct distribution. Now America has been informed to the ever expanding health benefits of this very ancient “medicinal” (in the Hippocratic sense) quality of olive oil. We are extremely grateful to NBC TODAY show for coming to Cyprus to witness, film and publicise the birth of a new category of extra virgin olive oil. This is the type of olive oil that fed the ancient athletes at Olympia, opened up trade routes and built a civilisation.

Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food, Hippocrates 430BC

This high phenolic extra virgin olive oil has been successfully produced and is available once again. Produced from the ancient olive tree varieties that cover the countryside and mountains all over Greece and Cyprus. This revival began when EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) approved the health claim labelling regulation for polyphenols on the label of EVOO – EU 432/2012

It has been discovered, studied and produced on the same principles of curiosity, observation and innovation that fueled the rapid advancement of ancient Hellenic culture of excellence. Dr. Prokopios Magiatis and Dr Eleni Melliou working under the most stressful conditions in Greece at the Univ. of Athens along with the tireless dedication of a team of researchers discovered in 2012 the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) method of measuring each phenolic compound in olive oil. This created the opportunity to determine which phenolic compounds are the most health promoting and health protective. Transparency has finally arrived in the olive oil industry. They have also invented the handheld Aristoleo Test Kit the lab-in-a-vial to measure the phenolic content of EVOO in minutes. Another achievement is the Aristometro – a portable spectrometer able to quickly and accurately analyze the combined concentration of Oleocanthal and Oleacein in extra virgin olive oil as part of the ARISTOIL Interred MED programme

ARISTOIL is a 3 year 5 country study (Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Spain and Italy involving over 3,000 olive growers and communities) to increase the competitiveness of the MED olive oil sector by studying the best olive grove management, and agronomic factors affecting olive oil quality in order to produce extra virgin olive oils that conform and exceed the EU 432/2012 health claim requirements for polyphenols.

In addition new analytical methods will be verified and handheld tools developed to analyze the olive oil phenolic content before harvest, at the olive mill, in the storage facilities and distribution to validate and confirm olive oil quality. website:

The latest invention is the Olive Predictor which won first prize at the Olive Challenge held in Athens March 11 2018. Now we can analyze the phenolic content of a handful of olives using a portable olive mill, the Aristoleo Test kit and the Aristometro. This will expand the ability of the olive growers to choose the best time to harvest the olives and produce the highest phenolic EVOO possible.

Olive Challenge Olive Predictor the handheld olive mill wins first prize

The Atsas organic farm and many others in Cyprus and Greece have broken with tradition and have embraced the true nature and unlocked the secret to producing this “medicinal” (in the Hippocratic sense) high phenolic EVOO. Oleocanthal rich olive oil has been the subject of intense research and the darling of scientific study for the last 5 years. The results so far are extremely positive and we look forward to receiving the results of 4 humans trial studies in progress examining the effect of regular consumption of high oleocanthal EVOO on Alzheimer, stroke prevention, lowering cholesterol and the effect on patients diagnosed with cancer but have not started chemotherapy treatment yet.

Thanks to the segment below produced by NBC TODAY, North America will now be able to choose wisely and be better informed on the type of olive oil they purchase.

The health benefits of olive oil are 99 percent related to the presence of the phenolic compounds, not the oil itself,” said Nasir Malik, research plant physiologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agricultural Research Service.

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