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Olive oil has antioxidant properties. True or false ?

mas sénéguier producer of olive oil in ProvenceTrue. Olive oil derives its antioxidant properties, among others, phenolic compounds it contains, the main ones being hydroxytyrosol and oleuropein. Studies have shown that regular consumption of olive oil may reduce oxidative stress in the body, or damage caused by free radicals1. It is a preventive means acting on several diseases, especially cancer. Olive oil also contains vitamin E, another strong antioxidant. This vitamin offers additional protection to the immune system since it acts on red and white blood cells..

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mas sénéguier producer of olive oil in ProvenceWe are in full bloom of the olive trees. And there, the olive tree stands out from other fruit trees by a few particularities.

The olive tree is a fruit tree. It is the flower of the tree which is transformed into fruit by the exchange of pollen between the female organs. (pistil) and male organs (stamens). This is called pollination. For most fruit trees, it is bees and insects that, gathering pollen and moving from flower to flower, allow this exchange. These trees are said to be honey-bearing, that is to say that the bees collect the pollen to produce their honey.

But nature makes exceptions

In effect, the olive tree is not meliferous. So in theory it would not produce fruit, because if it is not foraged by insects, its pollination would be made impossible. It is the winds and air currents that will allow the pollen to be exchanged between the flowers.. The olive tree will thus be able to make olives.

The olive tree has no torque problem to make small olive trees : Most olive trees are self-fertile, that is, their own pollen can fertilize their own flowers. Fertilization is done by the action of the wind and the fertile period lasts only a short week a year..