Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract has an interesting potential. Throughout centuries, tea made from olive leaves has been considered a remedy to combat many ailments, though fever relief was perhaps the most widespread.
Olive leaf tea was very popular in England for treating sick sailors and was given almost as a precaution for travelers returning from the colonies, mainly fearing the contagion of the greatest scourge of S XIX: malaria. Even today, lots of people drink it regularly.
Some of olive oil benefits are:
- Improved circulation.
- Increased body defenses.
- Blood pressure control.
- Relief of muscle fatigue problems.
- Cold and fluprevention.
- Prevention of intestinal muscle spasms.
Olive leaf properties:
- The olive leaf infusion and its active principles have a proven vasodilator and hypotensive activity therefore it is considered one of the most widespread natural alternatives to treat hypertension. Recent research reports showed a reduction of hypertension in those patients who were fed olive leaves.
- It is well known that the leaves are used as medicine to treat mental and physical fatigue, as they offer benefits in blood pressure therapies, stress and even skin lesions.
Reduce levels of LDL (Bad)
- A high level of LDL (bad cholesterol) levels is considered a major risk factor in heart disease.
- The oxidation of LDL(low-density lipoprotein) is one of the factors leading to the development of atherosclerotic lesions. Researchers have found that oleuropein interferes with the biochemical events that are involved in the atherogenic disease, blocking the oxidation of LDL by reducing the loss of vitamin E (LifeSciences,1994). The oxidation of LDL-cholesterol is one of a series of harmful events, if left unchecked, can lead to the development of heart disease.
Olive leaf produces a natural antiviral and antibiotic
- Destruction of virus. The list of viruses against which was used is impressive, including herpes (all varieties), pseudorabies, influenza A (flu), Newcastle disease, parainfluenza 1, 2 and 3, coxsackie, Epstein-Barr virus, encephalo-myocarditis, meningitis, polio, hepatitis A and B, vesicular stomatitis, Sindbis and reovirus 3.
- Even Dr Morton Walker detected a reduction in the viral load of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, infectious agent of AIDS) from a number of 58,000 to undetectable levels in the blood in two weeks.
- High antioxidant power (helps prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, cellular aging, etc.).
- The presence of phenolic compounds in the olive leaves confer its high antioxidant activity. Among them are oleuropein, rutin, luteolin, hydroxytyrosol. The latter is the polyphenol responsible for their high antioxidant capacity, 10 times that of vitamin C and double vitamin E or coenzyme Q10.
Not all olive leaves are equal.
- The wild olive leaves are the richest in active ingredients.
- Even within the same Olive Tree, not all leaves have the same characteristics. We recommend the use of the Sonship (branches that grow on the base of the trunk) because it is known that they have much more strength to heal.
It is also important to be very cautions most of olive trees are usually sprayed with strong fungicides, pesticides and pesticides even after washing the leaves can be toxic to our health.
Read also Olive Varietals and Olive Branch.