Benefits of Phenolic Compounds Isolated from Olive Oil on Prevention of Cancer


Olive Oil
(–) Oleocanthal

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Hatimy A, El Kadmiri N. Benefits of Phenolic Compounds Isolated from Olive Oil on Prevention of Cancer . Health Sci. [Internet]. 2021 Jan. 4 [cited 2022 May 16];. Available from:


The traditional Mediterranean Diet has been long known to have many health benefits. The diet is associated with a low percentage of certain types of cancers such as colorectal cancer, breast cancer, gastric cancer, and prostate cancer. The main source of fats in the Mediterranean diet is olive oil. In fact, the beneficial health effects of olive oil were attributed to its phenolic compounds like phenolic alcohols, hydroxytyrosol (3,4-dihydroxy phenyl ethanol), and their secoiridoid derivatives (oleocanthal). Several studies have demonstrated that hydroxytyrosol and oleocanthal are able to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in different tumor cell lines. The aim of this review was to give an overview of the effect of hydroxytyrosol and –oleocanthal on different types of cancer.


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