Olive Leaf Extract - The Facts
The ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Mediterranean cultures, used a variety of natural plants to cure a variety of health related conditions. One of the most popular plants is the Olive tree. Olea europaea or the Olive tree is a species that grow in some areas of the Mediterranean, central Asia, parts of south America and southern Australia. Depending on the climate grown, this tree usually grows between 8 to 15 meters tall. Once the tree matures and the leafs are harvested, the leaf extract can be used for a number of health related problems.
Although the olive leaf's healing properties have been know for thousands of years, it wasn't until the early 20th century that it's antibacterial/antiviral compounds were isolated. During the research surrounding the discovery of Oleuropein (the olive leaf's powerful antibacterial/antiviral compound), it was discovered that the antiviral properties worked by infiltrating the virus and shutting down its reproduction capabilities, thus preventing the viruses from reproducing. I am sure the researchers weren't surprised; this tree was attracting the attention of the modern medical research community as early as the mid 1800's. In the 1854 Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial Transactions Olive leaf was mentioned for being effective against fever that otherwise would have been fatal on the island of Mytelene in the 1840s. In addition, in the 1880's Olive Leaf Extract was successfully use to fight malaria.As recent as the 1970s researchers found that even in high doses Olive leaf Extract is safe to use.
More Uses for Olive Leaf Extract
- Stimulates the immune system
- Has powerful antioxidant properties
- Helps support normal Blood pressure
- Helps maintain healthy skin care
- Has good detoxifying and infection fighting qualities
- Good for cold and flu symptoms
- Good for dealing with chronic fatigue
- Helps to treat diabetes
- Acts as a natural pain killer
Olive Leaf Extracts have been used as a medicine for thousands of years. As one of the the most effective defenses against Pathogens, Immune deficiency, and fatigue, it is a proven way to deal with a variety of aliments. In additional to the before mentioned benefits it is a good way to help maintain a healthy heart and good blood circulation. Olive Leaf extract has 4 times the antioxidant power of vitamin C. There are a variety of ways to take this supplement including concentrated liquid, dried tea leaves, a powder, or even in pill form. With this dietary supplement in your arsenal you cant go wrong.
- Wikipedia.org - Definition of Olive Tree
- Pro Health Solutions.com - More information on the Olive tree
- Learning Info.Org - Additional resources on Olive Trees