Dr. Limor Goren on the anticancer effects of olive oil and oleocanthal


Dr. Limor Goren is a cancer researcher with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Her research centers on one of the most important anti-inflammatory and anticancer molecules found in medicinal olive oil, oleocanthal. Dr. Goren discovered one of the mechanisms by which oleocanthal is toxic to cancer cells and showed that olive oils that are rich in oleocanthal can effectively kill various types of cancer cells.

But not all olive oil is created equal. It’s estimated that 80% of Italian olive oil is fake, diluted, or mislabeled. When it comes to real extra virgin olive oil, the variety of olive, the method of harvesting and processing, as well as the age of the oil when you consume it all affect the polyphenol levels. The freshest, most potent medicinal olive oils can have as much as eight times more polyphenols, over 1,000 mg/kg vs. 150 mg/kg in a typical olive oil.

In this fascinating interview, Dr. Goren and I take a deep dive into olive oil! Enjoy!
Watch our interview below, or listen to it on the Chris Beat Cancer podcast on iTunes or Spotify.

Show Notes
-The significance of the mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) pathway [2:07]
-Amazing discoveries of the oleocanthal molecule [6:40]
-Killing cancer cells with oleocanthal [11:20]
-Oleocanthal prohibited the proliferation of metastatic prostate cancer [18:45]
-Does cooking with olive oil reduce oleocanthal? [21:30]
-Does olive oil degrade over time? [22:57]
-Other beneficial molecules in olive oil [25:05]
-Do olives contain oleocanthal? [29:15]?
-The olive oil production process [29:26]
-Dr. Goren’s new endeavors [37:13]
-The importance of investing in high-quality food [43:45]
Longtime readers know we are big fans of the Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club which sources oleocanthal-rich olive oil from small family farms around the world. Dr. Goren also sources and distributes a high-oleocanthal olive oil called Kyoord.
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