Olive Oil and Olive Leaf FAQs

March 31, 2016
Olive Oil and Olive Leaf

What is Olive Oil?

Olive oil is derived from the fruit of the olive tree, which has the distinction of being perhaps one of the earliest botanicals used by mankind, having been mentioned in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

What is it used for?

Olive oil is one of the world’s most popular cooking oils, primarily due to its remarkable flavor and cooking characteristics.

What are some of olive oil’s benefits?

Modern researchers have zeroed in on olive oil as one reason that the Mediterranean diet is so healthy. Mediterranean cultures seem to derive most of their fat calories from olive oil, while Western cultures derive theirs primarily from processed vegetable oils and animal fats. Although the Mediterranean diet is higher in vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains, olive oil is the principal source of fat and a healthy alternative to animal fats and butter.

Olive oil's health benefits are attributable to several naturally occurring components. It is high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) that may stimulate bile production, aiding digestion of dietary fats and fat-soluble nutrients. It is low in saturated fatty acids and contains a good balance of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).

How does olive oil compare to other cooking oils?

When cooking, Olive Oil has some advantages over other cooking oils. It has a higher smoke point than the typical temperature for frying food and forms a crust on the outside of fried foods that decreases oil penetration while enhancing flavor. Foods fried in Olive Oil are often not as greasy as foods fried in other oils.

Is your olive oil cold pressed?

Ellyndale® Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cold-pressed without the use of solvents or other chemicals. It is pure extra virgin olive oil from first-pressing with no additives, preservatives, or artificial processing aids.

Does NOW offer other olive-based nutritional products?

We offer two different forms of Olive Leaf Extract in vegetable capsules, but these products are extracted from olive leaves, not the fruit. We carry a 500 mg product standardized to 6% oleuropeins, one of the active constituents in olive leaves. We also carry an Extra Strength Olive Leaf Extract that has 18% oleuropeins with 500 mg of the herb echinacea added to complement the extract’s beneficial properties.

How is olive leaf extract processed?

NOW Olive Leaf Extract is processed using only pure water and grain alcohol (ethanol), which is then evaporated without leaving any residue. This product is free of additives, preservatives, pesticides, and synthetic chemicals like benzene.