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High Phenolic EVOO goes to Yale

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We are very pleased to see our efforts over the last 7 years to research and expand the production of the ancient Hellenic “medicinal” quality of EVOO. This is the olive oil that fed the greatest leap in human consciousness and created the basis of our western and a great deal of the eastern civilization. In every aspect of our culture; medicine, arts, astronomy, mathematics, physics, athletic training, language, theater, dance, music chemistry, space travel, robotics, just to name a few areas their consciousness founded or developed.

High Phenolic – a brief modern history

High Phenolic EVOO was officially born in 2012. This is when the EU 432/2012 health labeling regulation for Phenolic compounds in EVOO was approved.

After years of research and human trials across borders in the EU Phenolic compounds were proven to have a positive effect in reducing blood platelet oxidative stress. This is as close as you are going to get to a medicinal natural food designation.

Food during the last 100 years has been grown and processed to the point it contains less and less nutritional value. Instead of using our resources and intelligence to increase the nutritional value in food we create novel over processed soft drinks with added “vitamins and micro nutrients to solve the problem”. These money making solutions are killing us killing the environment changing the climate poisoning our rivers lakes and oceans.

The Olive tree to the rescue

Nicolas is an environmental engineer, specializing in permaculture dry farming methods with olives as the main crop. He manages the Atsas Organic farm located in Cyprus in the middle of the UN buffer zone between southern Cyprus and the northern Turkish occupied territory. It is more than a labor of love; this is an organically certified farm with the vision to transition into an agro ecology integrated system and a demonstration site.

“We are in the process of turning an arid, rocky landscape with no top soil into a beautifully productive agro -ecosystem, with very limited resources of water.” Nicolas Netien

Research to the rescue

Medical research in both clinical and human trials is showing the potential for high phenolic olive oil, particularly those rich in oleocanthal, to have preventive and/or therapeutic affects on such chronic illnesses as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, Type II diabetes and many cancers. Indeed, in 2012 the EU instituted a health labelling regulation that stated any extra virgin olive oil with polyphenols of 250mg/kg could put a health claim on its label.

Aristoil kick off meeting

Aristoil kick off meeting

Aristoleo Ltd is a key partner in the ARISTOIL Interreg MED Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, Aristoleo Ltd and its sponsors. 

ARISTOIL“Reinforcement of Mediterranean olive oil sector competitiveness through development and application of innovative production and quality control methodologies related to olive oil health protecting properties”



A new era for EVOO

The olive oils that are coming out of this new initiative inspired in Greece are measuring far higher levels than this. In recognition of the growing interest for this premium health-protective olive oil, the EU funded the ARISTOIL Interreg MED Program, which is a 3-year, 5-country study into the production and marketing of this extraordinary extra virgin olive oil.



Nevertheless research has accelerated into the role of Phenolic compounds in human health as a preventative and research continues on the potential for polyphenol rich EVOO to alleviate symptoms and even potentially to cure a number of diseases.

High Phenolic Olive oil from Corfu

The highest phenolic content EVOO found in Corfu.

This is where it all began:


The groundbreaking 4th annual Aristoleo Awards for high phenolic EVOOs and Olives

Except from Today at Yale’s Public School of Health scientists and business people from all over the world and Greeks will talk about the latest research discoveries and about the health benefits of phenolic olive oil.

Organized by Associated Research Scientist in Biostatistics, and Vassilis Vassiliou (Department Chair and Susan Dwight Bliss, Professor of Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science) envision a research and development center with an expanded collaboration of researchers and entrepreneurs to enhance clinical outcomes. Issues to be highlighted are high phenolic olive oil as a food-nutraceutical product and its recognition by the medical community and consumers as a means of preventing and combining long-term illness.

Olive tree dedicated to HRH Princess Basma bint Ali at Strakka Organic farm

The Strakka Estate was founded during the period of Venetian rule in Cyprus, some five hundred years ago, and appears on Abraham Ortelius’s map of 1573. The Estate has had a continuous history of olive oil production since.

Situated near the medieval walled city of Nicosia, with views of the Troodos and Kyrenia mountain ranges, the Estate was acquired by its current owners, the Leventis family, in 1942. It covers around 50 hectares (124 acres) of land, with 8,200 olive trees and over 2,000 citrus trees.

The Strakka Estate’s production of olives and citrus fruit is entirely organic and is certified by the Lacon Institute.



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