Oleocanthal the miraculous polyphenol

laboratorioA polyphenol in extra virgin olive oil kills cancerous cells in less than an hour. A study carried out by researchers from Rutgers University and the Hunter College of the City Universityof New York in America, and published in the journal “Molecular &Cellular Oncology” demonstrates this. The polyphenol Oleocanthal OC is found in extra virgin olive oil, obtained by cold extraction at less than 27º C, as long as they are maintained at optimal conditions of preservation.

The researchers decided to study in vitro the effects of the OC on cancerous cells (pancreas, breast and prostate) and healthy cells. The cells that die suffer apoptosis, a type of suicide that lasts between 12 and 24 hours.

Oleocanthal penetrates the membrane of the cancerous cell and destroys its lysosome. This is why the study says that “attacking the stability of the lysosomal membrane offers a new approach to inducing the death of cancerous cells”.

In a high quality EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) the concentration of Oleocanthal molecules is 0.2 mg/ml, so a person weighing around 90 kg should ingest 450 mg of OC, which equates to 2.25 litres of oil. The dose used in the study with mice is very high so it is calculated that taking EVOO continuously throughout your life could have a beneficial effect on health.

vaso-cata- aceitunasThe EVOO from the P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) Montoro-Adamuz, according to the results obtained in the latest studies by the Institute of Fats and Fat Derivatives in Seville and the Predimed study, are the EVOO that contain the highest quantity of polyphenols and therefore are the most beneficial to health.

The combination of factors such as the altitude of the olive grove, the extreme soil and climatic characteristics of the geographical area, together with the endemic variety of the native picual “Nevadillo Negro” olive gives the extra virgin olive oils from the P.D.O. Montoro-Adamuz an exceptionally high quality and makes them the richest in thesephenolic components and therefore rich in Oleocanthal OC.


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EVOO Montoro-Adamuz – Scientifically demonstrated health benefits

EVOO PDO Montoro-Adamuz – scientifically demonstrated health benefits


The oil from the PDO Montoro-Adamuz is a natural source of health benefits thanks to its high content of bioactive substances.

We have good news about the EVOO from the PDO Montoro-Adamuz!

Research studies demonstrate that “EVOO from PDO Montoro-Adamuz is very beneficial to health”.

Manuel Brenes of the Institute of Fats and Fat Derivatives (IG-CSIC) in Seville gave a presentation at the 28th EFFoST International Conference,heldtogether with the 7th International Food Factory for the Future Conferencewhich took place from 25th to 28th November 2014 at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress (Sweden), under the theme“Innovations in attractive and sustainable food for health”.This has shown, from the studies carried out over the last six seasons, the high content of bioactive compounds in the extra virgin olive oils from the PDO Montoro-Adamuz.

The consumption of extra virgin olive oil is not only highly recommendable for human health due to the high content of fatty acids in its composition, but it is also very beneficial thanks to its content of minor compounds such as phenols, tocopherols, sterols, squalene and others. However, the concentration of these substances in EVOO depends on the type of olives cultivated, the agricultural conditions and the processing methods, among other factors. In this study, thebioactive compounds in EVOO from the PDO Montoro-Adamuz were analysed for various components, in particular phenolic compounds. Similarly, the influence of the location of the olive trees (sunny or shady area) and the content of these substances in the oils were also examined.



The conclusion drawn from this study is thatthe EVOO from the PDO Montoro-Adamuz are very rich in bioactive substances such as oleic acid, sterols, squalene and tocopherols in particular, and they possess a high concentration of phenolic compounds(>700mg/kg)which can be attributed to the extreme agricultural and climatic conditions, the varieties of olive (Picual and Nevadillo Negro) and the early harvesting of the fruit.

This positions the EVOO from the PDO Montoro-Adamuz as the only Protected Designation of Origin whose EVOO has had these components analysed over six years and have scientific evidence of being very healthy.



Montoro-Adamuz in Gastronight Cordoba

All of us who have tried the gastronomic products from Cordoba (and those of us who are lucky enough to enjoy them every day) know that they are of excellent quality. However, this positioning has been achieved thanks to the choice of Cordoba as Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture.

Within the activities programmed to celebrate this honour, this weekend an event of special importance will take place and PDO Montoro-Adamuz has the honour of being part of it: Gastronight Cordoba.


During the evening of Friday 12th September, Cordoba will enjoy its own products more than ever in what will be an unforgettable festival of gastronomy.

Designed to be a tribute to the Cordoban designations of origin (PDO Montoro-Adamuz, PDO Baena, PDO Priego de Córdoba, PDO Aceite de Lucena, PDO Los Pedroches and PDO Montilla-Morilles), Gastronight offers those attending a series of gastronomic routes through 200 of the city’s restaurants.

aceite_oliva_montoro_adamuzAs the other participating designations of origin, PDO Montoro-Adamuz will have its own marquee in the Plaza de Las Tendillas in Cordoba where those taking part will be able to taste our excellent extra virgin olive oil.

This is the starting point for the “Montoro-Adamuz Route”, which passes through the streets: Sevilla, Málaga, Plaza Emilio Luque, Plaza San Juan, Valladares, Fernández Ruano, Puerta Almodóvar, Almanzor, Plaza Cardenal Salazar and Romero. Along the way the public can stop off at participating establishments and taste the best recipes prepared with extra virgin olive oil.

In addition, those who wish to do so can register in our marquee for the “Discover the origin of extra virgin olive oil” tasting, in which the four designations of origin of oil in the province of Cordoba will participate.

Undoubtedly the gastronomy of our region owes a lot to olive oil, and not just the unmistakable flavour and aroma that it gives to dishes. The extra virgin olive oil from the PDO Montoro-Adamuz is a very specific oil from the sensory viewpoint and has great aromatic complexity; being the result of a natural blend of the Picual variety and the native Nevadillo Negro.

It also provides our gastronomy with countless highly beneficial properties such as the high content of polyphenols in our oil, which make it one of the healthiest foods in our diet.


10 benefits of extra virgin olive oil


Let food be your medicine and medicine your food” (Hippocrates).

This popular quote from one of the most famous doctors in Ancient Greece could well be the slogan for PDO Montoro-Adamuz as each day new studies are published showing the healthbenefits ofextra virgin olive oil, and especially theirhigh content of polyphenols.

So today we want to summarise many of the things that, over time, we have been telling you about in this blog,listing the main benefits of extra virgin olive oil:

  1. Good for the heart

Various studies, including the PREDIMED Study, demonstrate that eating foods with a high content of polyphenols, such as extra virgin olive oil, may reduce by 30% the risk of suffering from cardiovascular illnesses (such as a heart attack or stroke), which unfortunately are the leading cause of death worldwide.

  1. Helps fight breast cancer

For some time it has been known that the incidence of breast tumours is lower in countries in the Mediterranean basin, where olive oils are an essential part of the diet. On this basis, the Multidisciplinary Group for the Study of Breast Cancer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) prepared a study which has demonstrated that the consumption of extra virgin olive oil reduces the malignancy of breast cancer and also slows the growth of tumours.

  1. Prevents diabetes

Recently, the PREDIMED (Prevention with Mediterranean Diet) Study revealed the conclusions of a project which investigated the relationship between the Mediterranean diet and the risk of developing diabetes. The results could not have been more positive: a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil reduces the chance of developing diabetes by 40%. (More info)

  1. Improves circulation

The consumption of an extra virgin olive oilrich in polyphenols has important benefits for the circulatory system. According to a study carried out by the Lipids and Atherosclerosis Unit at the Reina Sofía Hospital, this consumption improves the levels of blood factors, reducing, among others, the risk of thrombosis. (More info)

  1. Combats ageing

Thanks to its high content of polyphenols and vitamin E, which are natural antioxidants, extra virgin olive oil contributes to preventing the damage caused by the free radicals in the body tissue, the main cause of ageing. Foods like olive oil, vegetables and red wine, rich in polyphenols, help to neutralise those free radicals.

  1. Helps to prevent Alzheimer’s

Precisely due to the action of its antioxidant agents, olive oil protects against cognitive deterioration, preventing the development of neuro-degenerative dementias and Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Good for muscular functions

Although preliminary, the results from a recent study by the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics at the University of Zaragoza are more than encouraging. The main conclusion is that the consumption of a 119 gram dose of extra virgin olive oileach day can improve motor and muscular behaviour. The experiment was conducted on mice but it is expected that this study can be conducted on humans, which could be a breakthrough in the fight against illnesses such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. (More info)

  1. Good cholesterol

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat that lowers “bad” cholesterol (LDL, something that hinders the circulation of blood to the heartif it builds-up on the artery walls) and increases the levels of “good” cholesterol.

The good cholesterol, from high density lipoproteins (HDL), is produced naturally in our body and collects the unused cholesterol and directs it to the liver, where it is eliminated. To increase the levels of this cholesterol there is nothing better than consuming food with a high content of oleic acid, such as olive oil.

  1. Reduces hypertension

Due to its vasodilation action, the consumption of monounsaturated fats such as olive oil improves the flow of blood and therefore reduces the possibility of developing hypertension; as it regulates blood pressure.

  1. Helps our digestive system

Extra virgin olive oil contributes to the proper functioning of our digestive system, being considered as a protector against excess stomach acid. It also facilitates the absorption of calcium and magnesium.

If all the benefits of olive oil that we have just told you about don’t seem to be enough, we will give you one more: it makes all your dishes even tastier!


Course on the Sensory Analysis of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

One of the professional activities carried out in the framework of the 17th Montoro Olive Tree Trade Fair, and one of the most popular this year, was the Course on the Sensory Analysis of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


A group of 25 students, consisting of millers and experts from the region’s cooperatives, attended this course at the Hotel Mirador in Montoro.

curso_cata_aceite_oliva_virgen_extra_montoro_brigida_jimenezThe first day, 14th May, was led by Brígida Jiménez Herrera, director of theAndalusian Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA) in Cabra, who spoke to the participants about the organoleptic properties of extra virgin olive oil. There was then a tasting of international oils and another of the different varieties and blends of oil.


The person responsible for running the second day of the tasting course was José María Horcas, head of the laboratory panel at DCOOP. He explained to the participants the features and characteristics of the extra virgin olive oil from the PDO Montoro-Adamuz and the DO Antequera. After his presentation the students took part in a tasting of the olive oils from those designations of origin.

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