Oleocanthal, a Polyphenol in Olive Oil, Positively Impacts Human Melanoma Cells

One of the most aggressive, chemoresistant forms of cancer is malignant cutaneous melanoma. There are some treatment options available including injection of inflammatory molecules, along with oral and topical agents, which is where extra virgin olive oil polyphenols may play a key role.

Oleocanthal, one of the most recognized polyphenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil, was discovered by Gary Beauchamp during an experiment to improve the taste of ibuprofen.
SEE MORE: Olive Oil and Cancer Treatment and PreventionWhile researching molecular gastronomy with a team of scientists, food specialists and chefs, Beauchamp was conducting an olive oil tasting when he noticed some similarities between the taste of a particular olive oil and the ibuprofen. Read more