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The Many Wonders of Olives and Olive Oil

Aug. 30, 2012
Julie Butler

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Healthier” palm oil thanks to olive extracts

From the United States comes a method to cre­ate health­ier palm oil by adding hydrox­y­ty­rosol and other olive polyphe­nols.

Palm oil, as com­monly used, is low in ben­e­fi­cial antiox­i­dants and other oils and com­pounds that are gen­er­ally con­sid­ered healthy. Olive oil, on the other hand, is known to con­sist of many dif­fer­ent antiox­i­dants and oils that are ben­e­fi­cial to the health of the con­sumer” the appli­ca­tion claims.

It would there­fore be highly ben­e­fi­cial to the health of the inhab­i­tants of Africa and Southeast Asia as well as con­sumers the world over, to increase the nutri­tive con­tent of palm oil by adding the most health ben­e­fi­cial com­po­nents of olive oil to the palm oil” it says.

Beauty and Skincare

Olive oil gets under your skin!

The prob­lem of mak­ing an active ingre­di­ent pen­e­trate in the skin is of dra­matic impor­tance in cos­met­ics and, maybe even more, in der­ma­tol­ogy” another appli­ca­tion says.

Yet it was bril­liantly” solved by the inven­tion, namely apply­ing the chem­i­cal process trans­es­ter­i­fi­ca­tion to olive oil to pro­duce skin-com­pat­i­ble liq­uid crys­tals.”

The trans­es­ter­i­fied olive oil — can be used to increase the pen­e­tra­tion rate of the active ingre­di­ents in cos­met­ics and also as a mois­turiser, it says.

Oleuropein takes on Athlete’s foot

From Holland comes an inven­tion using oleu­ropein — an antimi­cro­bial com­pound extracted from olive leaves via fer­men­ta­tion — to both treat and pre­vent nail and skin infec­tions includ­ing Athlete’s foot and nail fun­gus.

While the active ingre­di­ents used in a num­ber of pop­u­lar prod­ucts fre­quently con­tain aller­gens and have cer­tain health risks, this com­po­si­tion, based on nat­ural prod­ucts, is less likely to induce aller­gies and essen­tially free of side effects, it’s claimed.

A skin-friendly soap

The goal here was a soap or deter­gent as effec­tive as most exist­ing ones but that doesn’t harm skin, thus ideal for peo­ple who need to wash their hands often.

Olive oil com­pounds, said to exhibit fea­tures very sim­i­lar to human skin, were the solu­tion. Obtained by a process called trans­es­ter­i­fi­ca­tion, they are the basis for a mild deter­gent which does not lead to dam­age of the hydroli­pidic film coat­ing the skin, but instead replen­ishes it, the patent appli­ca­tion says.

Help for red faces

Olive ker­nel oil (OKO), extracted from olive pits, fea­tures in a prod­uct for super­fi­cial vasodila­tor flush syn­drome, such as the red face some peo­ple get on expo­sure to niacin, sero­tonin, MSG and alco­hol.

The appli­ca­tion says that OKO sur­pris­ingly” has the unique prop­erty of increas­ing absorp­tion of drugs across mem­brane bar­ri­ers in the body, for exam­ple those of the intes­tine, skin and pul­monary alve­oli. It also con­tributes its own con­tent of use­ful polyphe­nols, slows the release of niacin, and has inde­pen­dent pro­tec­tive action on the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem.”

The inven­tion involves using OKO in com­po­si­tions designed to treat flush and can be taken by means such as tablets or cap­sules.

Anti-age­ing treat­ment

Skin that has been exposed to the sun can tend to have a yel­low­ish aspect in elderly Asians, this appli­ca­tion explains. A study of Japanese skin linked the yel­low­ing to oxida­tive changes — pro­tein car­bony­la­tion — in the der­mis.

Shiseido says in the appli­ca­tion that while olive leaf was known to have anti­sep­tic, antipyretic and anti­hy­per­ten­sive actions, it was not hith­erto known that the olive leaf extract has a car­bony­la­tion inhibit­ing action.”

The prod­uct is a pro­tein-car­bony­la­tion inhibitor.

Home and Auto

Cut fuel costs

A fuel addi­tive for gaso­line that increases auto­mo­bile fuel effi­ciency and decreases car­bon emis­sions is the sub­ject of a Canadian appli­ca­tion.

The addi­tive com­prises olive oil and fuel oil (prefer­ably diesel oil no. 2) and can also be used to flush an auto­mo­tive engine.

A sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in fuel effi­ciency may be seen after an ini­tial shock treat­ment and the addi­tive will con­tinue to improve fuel effi­ciency when con­sis­tently used over time, it says.

Home-made olive oil

And lastly, from Israel comes the inven­tion of a domes­tic olive oil maker fea­tur­ing an extrac­tor and DIY process that’s espe­cially adapted to home users and able to be used as a counter-top appli­ance.

Olive oil should ide­ally be extracted as soon as pos­si­ble after har­vest­ing — which com­pli­cates its pro­duc­tion out-of-sea­son or in coun­tries far from olive grow­ing regions — but two of the appliance’s inven­tors are also among those in a sep­a­rate appli­ca­tion for a method for treat­ing freshly har­vested olives said to sub­stan­tially retain qual­ity.

The method involves wash­ing the freshly har­vested olives, heat­ing them enough to achieve enzy­matic inac­ti­va­tion, rapidly cool­ing then vac­uum pack­ag­ing and refrig­er­at­ing them until use.

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