Extra virgin olive oil phenolics: absorption, metabolism and biological activities in the GI tract.

Giulia Corona, Jeremy P. E. Spencer, Maria Assunta Dessi

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Olive oil, a typical ingredient of the Mediterranean diet, possesses many beneficial health effects.
The biological activities ascribed to olive oil consumption are associated in part to its phenolics
constituents, and mainly linked to the direct or indirect antioxidant activity of olive oil phenolics
and their metabolites, which are exerted more efficiently in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, where
dietary phenolics are more concentrated when compared to other organs. In this regard, we present
a brief overview of the metabolism, biological activities, and anticancer properties of olive oil
phenolics in the GI tract.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-293
JournalToxicology and Industrial Health
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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