Oleocanthal Properties, Molecular Formula, Applications - WorldOfChemicals

Oleocanthal Properties


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Oleocanthal is a natural organic compound isolated from extra virgin olive oil. It is responsible for the slightly peppery "bite" of extra virgin olive oil. It is an tyrosol ester and its chemical structure is related to oleuropein that is also found in olive oil. It has been found to be have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Similar to classical NSAIDs, it is a non-selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase. It is suggested that long-term consumption of small quantities of oleocanthal from olive oil may be responsible in part for the low incidence of heart disease associated with a Mediterranean diet.

Chemical Properties

CAS Number 289030-99-5
IUPAC Name 2-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)ethyl (3S,4E)-4-formyl-3-(2-oxoethyl)hex-4-enoate
InChI 1S/C17H20O5/c1-2-14(12-19)15(7-9-18)11-17(21)22-10-8-13-3-5-16(20)6-4-13/h2-6,9,12,15,20H,7-8,10-11H2,1H3/b14-2-/t15-/m0/s1
Molar Mass 304.34 g/mol
Molecular Formula C17H20O5
Synonyms Oleocanthal
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