Hydroxytyrosol, the key ingredient in Olivamine, stops the influenza virus from changing into the shape it needs to enter the cell. If a virus cannot enter cells, then it cannot infect the body and will pass through harmlessly. The research article below provides scientific information on the antiviral effect of hydroxytyrosol on influenza virus.
Hydroxytyrosol is the major component of the phenolic fraction of olives, which is known for its antioxidant properties. Hydroxytyrosol is a water and lipid-soluble molecule that is an efficient scavenger of peroxyl radicals.8Experiments demonstrate that hydroxytyrosol effectively counteracts the cytotoxic effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in various human cellular systems. In studies using hydroxytyrosol pre-incubated cells, it was found that damage due to oxidative stress, such as lipid peroxidation and alterations of cell permeability, could be prevented and that hydroxytyrosol exerted a protective effect against H2O2 induced oxidative hemolysis.9
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