Polyphenol-rich olive oil is an extra virgin olive oil that contains a high amount of polyphenolic compounds such as hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, oleuropein, oleocanthal and oleacein. This type of olive oil has an important flavor with a spicy finish and is very antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
The European Union Health Claim Labeling Regulation of 2012 has set a minimum level of 5 mg of hydroxytyrosol (and its derivatives) per 1.5 tablespoons (20 grams) of olive oil for producers to claim their product has the ability to deliver meaningful health benefits, such as protecting blood lipids from oxidative damage. If an olive oil producer from the EU can verify their polyphenol levels with appropriate lab testing, they can display a “Certified Health Claim” logo and a description on their label.
However, testing for polyphenol levels can be expensive, and not all producers do it. Polyphenol levels also decline over time, making it difficult for producers to guarantee that their oil will continue to meet the standard for the health claim during its entire shelf life. It’s important to note that this health benefit labeling regulation does not exist outside of the EU.
At Aqua Summa, we have olive oils with polyphenol contents many times higher than the minimum required by the EFSA (Autorità europea per la sicurezza alimentare ), and we have all the necessary certifications to make this health claim. We measure polyphenols using the HPLC method, which is the only certified method. So, if you’re looking for a high-quality polyphenol-rich olive oil, consider Aqua Summa and look for products with verified lab testing and certification.