Olives and Olive Oil in Health and Disease Prevention

Edited by

  • Victor Preedy, Department of Dietetics, King's College London, UK
  • Ronald Watson, Professor of Health Promotion Sciences, Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health and School of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA

Long used in sacred ceremonies and associated with good health, the nutritional and health promoting benefits of olives and olive oils have been proven by an ever-increasing body of science. From cardiovascular benefits to anti-microbial, anti-cancer, antioxidant activity and effects on macrophages and aptoptosis to cellular and pathophysiollogical process, olives and olive oils are proving important in many healthful ways. For example, reactive components in olive oils or olive oil by-products have now been isolated and identified. These include tyrosol, hydroxytyrosol, 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl acetic acid elenolic acid and oleuropein. Oleic acid is the main monosaturated fatty acid of olive oil. These have putative protective effects and modulate the biochemistry of a variety of cell types including those of the vascular system. Some but not all components have been characterised by their putative pharmacological properties. It is possible that usage of these aforementioned products may have beneficial application in other disease. However, in order for this cross-fertilization to take place, a comprehensive understanding of olives and olive oils is required. Finding this knowledge in a single volume provides a key resource for scientists in a variety of food an nutritional roles.
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Audience

Food and Health Scientists including Nutritionists and Dieticians. Pharmacologists, Public Health Scientists and Workers, Epidemiologists, Food technologists, agronomists, and analytical chemists

 

Book information

  • Published: February 2010
  • Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374420-3

Reviews

Every chapter is well referenced, and the vast majority have a very useful summary points section. This comprehensive work provides research information into the pharmacological and nutritional benefits of the olive components, and addresses not only the wide range of potential health benefits of these products, but the factors that may impact their efficacy, including compositional effects based on the country of origin or processing technique. As such it will be of great interest and value to nutritionists, food scientists, physicians, pharmacologists, and analytical chemists working with olives and olive oil.-- J. D. Selman, Fossatello Group, 27th August 2010

"This extensive work will be of great interest to nutritionists, food scientists, physicians, pharmacologists, and chemists working with olives and olive oil."---Food Technology




Table of Contents

Part I: General Aspects of Olives and Olive Oil; Section 1.1: The plant, olives and olive oil; Section 1.2: Components of olives and olive plant product; Part II: Nutritional, pharmacological and metabolic properties of olives and olive oil; Section 2.1: General Nutrition; Section 2.2: Cardiovascular; Section 2.3:Oxidative Stress; Secton 2.4: Cancer and Immunology; Section 2.5: Other effects and diseases; Part III: Specific Components of olive oil and their effects on tissue and the body system; Section 3.1: Tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol; Section 3.2: Oleuropein; Section 3.3: Oleic Acid; Section 3.4: Other components found in olive plants and products