Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf has one of natures most useful components in its make up, oleuropein. It has a vast range of beneficial properties…
Olive leaf has one of natures most useful components in its make up, oleuropein. It has a vast range of beneficial properties ranging from its ability as an anti-inflammatory which lowers bad cholesterol and reduces hypertension, to its ability of reducing cognitive decline. In recent times research has gone into its benefits in immune health and the ability of oleuropein to act as a great antibiotic. The benefit of using olive leaf as an antibiotic is its ability to only get rid of bad bacteria, leaving behind the goo bacteria that the body needs. Olive leaf has amazing anti-microbial properties, research shows that olive leaf contains a chemical specialised for this property known as elenolic acid. This gives olive leaf a strong inhibitory effect on the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Olive leaf may also be a true anti-viral compound because it appears to selectively block an entire virus specific system, for example olive leaf has the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication. Another useful property of olive leaf is its cardio-protective nature, which is due to oleuropein, this is because it has been found to reduce blood pressure and they dilate the coronary arteries surrounding the heart. Oleuropein also inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Olive leaf has also been shown in studies to exert blood sugar lowering properties, which gives olive leaf a hypo-glycaemic value.