Research by a PhD graduate from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation has identified the best conditions for harvesting and processing Australian olive leaves to maximise the yield of beneficial compounds called biophenols.
Dr Muhammad Kamran was awarded his PhD by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in a graduation ceremony on Tuesday 12 December.
His research is set to benefit the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
“Nutraceuticals are foods with high medicinal value,” Dr Kamran said. “Olive leaves have a great potential as a nutraceutical, due to their very high biophenol content.
“My PhD has determined the best harvesting and processing conditions, along with quantifying the antioxidant and antidiabetic activity of olive leaf extract.
“I hope my research will lead to the development of higher quality olive leaf extract, which may greatly benefit treatment or prevention of a number of chronic health issues.”
Dr Kamran is one of 11 Graham Centre PhD students to graduate in 2017 and his research was supported by a CSU Postgraduate Research Scholarship.