Oleocanthal an Antioxidant found in EVOO kills cancer cells!

Scientists have found that extra-virgin olive oil contains an ingredient, oleocanthal, that kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

Oleocanthal is a polyphenol (antioxidant) found in EVOO and not all varieties contain this amazing antioxidant. However, Olivar Santamaria PICUAL contains over 450+ count in polyphenols of which oleocanthal is part - making it the highest count found in this variety compared to the rest of the olive oils on the market.

David Foster and Onica LeGendre of Hunter College, and Paul Breslin, professor of nutritional sciences at Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, report that oleocanthal kills cancerous cells in the laboratory by rupturing vesicles that store the cell’s waste. These findings were published in the journal “Molecular and Cellular Oncology.”


After applying oleocanthal to the cancer cells, Foster and LeGendre discovered that the cancer cells were dying very quickly – within 30 minutes to an hour.  Since programmed cell death takes between 16 and 24 hours, the scientists realized that something else had to be causing the cancer cells to break down and die.

LeGendre, a chemist, provided the answer. The cancer cells were being killed by their own enzymes. The oleocanthal was puncturing the vesicles inside the cancer cells that store the cell’s waste – the “recycling center,” as Foster refers to it. These vesicles, known as lysosomes are larger in cancer cells than in healthy cells, and they contain a lot of waste. “Once you open one of those things, all hell breaks loose,” Breslin said.  But oleocanthal did not harm healthy cells, the researchers found. It merely stopped their life cycles temporarily, “put them to sleep,” Breslin said. After a day, the healthy cells resumed their cycles.

That said, choose your oil wisely and choose Olivar Santamaria for the best PICUAL –

Buy Olivar Santamaria EVOO and Eat PLENTY Live HEALTHY!!

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  • What is the Oleocanthal content in mg/kg of SANTAMARIA EVOO?

    Dorsey L Baker

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