Formation of free radicals As with most chemical reactions, free radical formation can occur at any temperature (even when refrigerated) but is greatly accelerated as the temperature goes up and the longer it stays there. There is no set threshold. Digestive Enzymes Extra-virgin olive oil supplies the body with enzymes and aids in the digestive process. In “Raw Energy,” author Stephanie Tourles gives the many benefits of including extra-virgin olive oil in your snacks and meals. The digestive enzymes found in this healthy fat are vital for metabolic function, detoxification, fat-burning and energy production. Remember to use this enzyme-rich product unheated for its optimal benefits. Early Harvest 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. click on image to view botanical species video