How The Olive Compound Hydroxytyrosol Helps Stop Infections

A compound found naturally in olives helps fight bacterial infections, according to an international patent application by Spanish scientists.

They say hydroxytyrosol and derivatives of it can disrupt quorum sensing (QS) – a way in which bacteria ‘talk’ to each other – thereby making infections less virulent. With antibiotic resistance increasing, this is seen as a promising way of treatment.

Madrid-based patent applicant Seprox Biotech, which sells hydroxytyrosol (HT), claims that HT and its derivatives hydroxytyrosol acetate (HTA) and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) have good anti-QS activity, making them useful for preventing and treating many kinds of infections.

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Potential usage

It said in its application that in vivo uses could include pharmaceutical preparations for the treatment of bacterial infection. Ex vivo uses include in the manufacture of food, food packaging, medical devices and pharmaceutical compositions, including application to or use in the making of surfaces – such as in medical devices and foods or food packaging – to inhibit formation of bacterial biofilm.

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The Apple, Then the Olive

Most people know the story of Adam and Eve and the apple in the mythical Garden of Eden. But not as many know that the olive has a history almost as old as civilization. Carbon-dating has shown that a Spanish olive seed is 8,000 years old.

It is said that Noah’s Ark brought back an olive branch from Mount Arafat; that Athens got its name from Athena, who won a contest among the gods for the honour of naming the city by striking the ground and bringing forth the olive tree; and that a sacred olive tree was planted at the Acropolis to honour the occasion.

olivetreeinerechthionAncient Greeks used olive oil in salads and also anointed their bodies with the oil. It was also the basis for almost all Greek cuisine.

According to former ambassador Eleftherios Anghelopoulos, who retired from his posting in Ottawa in May 2014, there is evidence the olive tree was first cultivated in Neolithic Crete. The huge storage jars used back then may still be seen at Knossos. An olive grower himself, Anghelopoulos said during a talk at this year’s Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show that Greeks attribute longevity not only to olive oil but to moderation in everything they do.

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16 Food Reasons Greeks Are Better At Life (Huffpost Taste)

slide_339523_3479162_freeWe have the Greeks to thank for so much of our modern day society. They paved the way for great philosophical minds to keep pushing us forward intellectually. They gave us the Olympic Games, and a desire to strive for athletic excellence. And, well, then there’s democracy. Clearly, we owe a lot of who we are to Greece. We’re thankful for all of it, but most of all, we’re thankful for the feta. The Greeks have singlehandedly shaped our modern society, and they have also — and just as importantly — shaped a way of eating that no country can rival. Not only is their cuisine swimming in fruity olive oil, drowned in red wine and full of mezedes, but it’s also a diet that nutritionists across the board tout as the way to eat healthy. While we all try to eat like this, and happily so, the Greeks do it best. It’s just their way of living, which explains why they’re so much better at life than the rest of us. Cont…..

(Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com)

Inolivia at Repo(we)rGreece

20130823_Repower_up_020130823_Repower_up_1We are proud to announce that since 23/8/2013, Inolivia belongs to the family of Repo(we)rGreece initiatives.

RepowerGreece is an international public diplomacy campaign that seeks to confront the world’s negative perceptions of Greece and her people. It is rooted in our conviction that redefining Greece and restoring our credibility should not rely on a superficial rebranding or changing of mottos, but rather on clear messages and facts that justify our commitment to work diligently, forge solutions and move forward with a renewed result-oriented mindset.

Inolivia, A child of tradition, technology and creativity; Inolivia is based on love for innovation and its creators’ devotion to high quality products. Please, follow our story at www.repowergreece.com.

 

 

ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ: Επανεξελέγη πρόεδρος ο Γ. Αντωνιάδης

Ο κ. Γρηγόρης Αντωνιάδης, αντιπρόεδρος της ΕΛΑΪΣ – UNILEVER HELLAS Α.Ε., επανεξελέγη πρόεδρος του του Συνδέσμου Ελληνικών Βιομηχανιών Τυποποιήσεως Ελαιολάδου (ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ) μετά τις αρχαιρεσίες που πραγματοποιήθηκαν στην ετήσια τακτική γενική συνέλευση του Συνδέσμου.

Στο νέο διοικητικό συμβούλιο του ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ Α΄ αντιπρόεδρος εξελέγη ο κ. Λεωνίδας Βοστάνης (Α.Π. Κατσακούλης Α.Ε.), Β΄ αντιπρόεδρος ο κ. Άρης Κεφαλογιάννης (Γαία Τρόφιμα ΑΒΕΕ), Γεν. Γραμματέας ο κ. Κωνσταντίνος Αντωνόπουλος (Μινέρβα Α.Ε.), αν. Γεν. Γραμματέας Nίκη Γιαβρόγλου ( HELLENIC FINE OILS S.A.), Ταμίας Σωτήρης Πλεμμένος (Ελληνική Γή Τρόφιμα ΕΠΕ), Αν. Ταμίας Εμμανουήλ Γιαννούλης (ΕΛΣΑΠ ΑBETE) και σύμβουλοι – μέλη οι κ.κ. Απόστολος Δουζένης (ΑΠ. ΔΟΥΖΕΝΗΣ & ΣΙΑ ΟΕ) και Ανανίας Καραχανίδης (ΚΑΡΠΕΑ ΑΕ).

Κατά τη διάρκεια της Συνέλευσης παρουσιάστηκαν οι δράσεις του Συνδέσμου για όλα τα τρέχοντα θέματα του κλάδου όπως τυποποίηση και εμπορία ελαιολάδου, εξαγωγές, προβολή και προώθηση τυποποιημένου ελαιολάδου και συζητήθηκαν και οι προοπτικές του προϊόντος αλλά και του κλάδου για τα επόμενα χρόνια.

Παράλληλα αποφασίσθηκε να ενταθούν οι προσπάθειες για τη διαμόρφωση μιας κοινά αποδεκτής Εθνικής Στρατηγικής για τον Ελαιοκομικό Τομέα και παράλληλα οι πιέσεις προς τους ελεγκτικούς φορείς της Πολιτείας για την τήρηση της ισχύουσας Νομοθεσίας στην νόμιμη διακίνηση του προϊόντος. (Πηγή: http://www.euro2day.gr/news/economy/124/articles/686687/Article.aspx)

Μήπως θα πρέπει να ενημερωθεί και η σχετική ιστοσελίδα του ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ (www.oliveoil.gr)?