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Olive Leaf Extract - The Facts

Updated on September 8, 2012

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

Conclusion

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.

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    • Tom Rubenoff profile image

      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Excellent and informative! Thank you

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Tom Rubenoff - Thank you for your feedback!

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Terrific topic. Love it. Great information and beautiful photo. I used to use it in my hair in the winters when it would get so dry. I'd leave it in my hair wrapped in a towl overnight. Worked wonders.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Friedra Babbley thank you for your feedback. I use the olive leaf extracts for many things myself. I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs

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      donna bamford 7 years ago from Canada

      I didn't know that about the olive tree coolmon. Well written article - well presented.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @donna bamford - thank you for your comments

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      Hussains 7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very informative and useful indeed. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Hussains - Thank you for your feedback

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Olive oil is an expensive commodity here in the Philippines, but because of its many known cure like for example, diabetes, I keep a bottle for my cooking. Thanks for confirming this information for me.

      I don't know my way around here yet, so it takes me time to follow up my readers. Thanks.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Lita C. Malicdem - Depending on the type of olive oil purchased it can be expensive here too. Thank you for your feedback.

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      trish1048 7 years ago

      hi coolmon,

      I had no idea olive oil helps chronic fatigue, that's good to know. Nice hub, thanks for sharing.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @tish1048 - it amazing me how effective and versatile these natural supplements can be. Thank you for your feedback

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      oh nice hub, very informative, I didn't know it helps in high blood and acts as painkillers too, Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend too, Maita

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @prettydarkhorse - Thank you for your feedback

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      pinkdaisy 7 years ago from Canada

      Great Hub :)

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @pinkdaisy - Thank you for your comments

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      Nice hub.. I use Olive Oil for cooking even if it's expensive than ordinary cooking oil because my family said olive oil is good for health. Is Olive Leaf Extract the same as Olive Oil?

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @dyesebel10 - Olive oil is pressed from olives; Olive leaf extract comes from the leaves of the olive tree. To name a couple of benefits, Both have good antioxidant properties and good cholesterol benefits.

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      Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

      Very well written Coolman! I use Olive Leaf when I feel a cold coming on. I also cook with Olive Oil most of the time because of it's medicinal properties ... also because it tastes so good!

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Mekenzie - I use the Olive oil for cooking too Thanks for stopping by

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Very helpful hub,Thank you.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Truth From Truth - Thank you for stopping by again. I really enjoyed your hub @https://hubpages.com/entertainment/My-Favorite-son... brings back memories for me

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Such great information Coolmon2009!

      Ancient cultures knew to use every part of a plant for its many health benefits. And because they are ancient they have been tested for thousands of years - unlike the toxic drugs that keep showing up on the market - to suppress symptoms but not cure or prevent the ailment.

      Thanks so much for putting together such an informative and useful hub!

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @BkCreative - I agree with you in the name of profit drug companies can't use use natural herbs because it is cheap and it might actually cure the patient. There is no money in a cure so the medical industry will treat the symptoms only; thus guaranteeing income for the drug companies for years to come - Thanks for your comments

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      faster 7 years ago

      exelent.

      nice hub,

      very helpful topics,

      thank you,

      bjsssssssss

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @faster - Thank you for your comments

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I've never purchased olive leaf extract, but we use olive oil almost exclusively for cooking in our home due to the health (and taste) benefits.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Peggy W - Thanks for your comments

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice information.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Sandyspider - Thank you for your feedback

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      I like olive oil, so I'm glad to hear about all the benefits of olive leaf extract. Very informative hub. Thanks.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @anglnwu - Thank you for your feedback; I am glad you found the information useful :)

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      Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Thanks - I love olives and use olive oil a lot in cooking - now I will look for leaf extract too.... wish I could gorw an olive tree in Port Dover Ontario LOL

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Neil Sperling - I know what you mean; I use olive oil in various ways myself; Thanks for the feedback.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Glad you shared your ideas/facts here. I use olive leaf to help fight colds etc. and it really does help! Great information, thank you!

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @frogyfish - I am glad this information is helpful to you; thanks for your comments :)

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW good to know, I love olive oil and eat it a lot but had no idea about the olive leaf extract sounds wonderful and I think I'll give it a go. Peace :)

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @katiem2 - Thank you for your feedback. I hope you like it when you try it :)

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Excellent, rated up and beautiful, and stumbled. :)

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      @hypnodude Thanks for your kind words :)

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      Eric V. Encina 6 years ago

      Dear Friends, can anyone help where to buy olive leaf extract capsules in Metro Manila or elsewhere in the Philippines. Please email me to eric_encina@yahoo.com or eric.encina8@gmail.com Thank you. Sincerely, Eric V. Encina

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Here is a listing of suppliers in your area of the world try one of these http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/olive-leaf-extract...

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      nathan 6 years ago

      i just wanna kno which company makes the best olive leaf extract or the best u suggest....

      thnx

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @nathan - Although it it a bit pricey, Purity makes one that I belive is one of the better products for 37(USD) a bottle. Also, I noticed GNC has olive leaf at 21(USD) a bottle last time i was in their store. I am not sure what drug stores may have now. Hope this information helps.

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      nathan 6 years ago

      thxn.i go chek out GNC.

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @nathan - you are welcome.

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Coolmon - I've never heard of olive leaf extract but it sure sounds great for health. Amazing how much I learn from reading people's hubs!

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Dolores Monet - It is nice to hear from you and thanks for your feedback :)

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      Anita  6 years ago

      I have also heard that Olive leaf extract has a great anti - inflammatory agent in it. Is that correct?

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Anita - Yes you are correct. Olive leaf extract is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Thanks for your question on this article.

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      Tisha Smith 6 years ago

      I never thought how useful is olive until I read your hub! Nice info!

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Tisha Smith - Yes it has many uses, thanks for your comments :)

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Fantastic!. I think I am like everyone else. Never heard of this.

      Thank you

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @gr82bme - Thanks for your feedback on this article.

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      Balinese 6 years ago from Ireland

      i never seen olive tree-

      thanks for sharing

      im your new fan now

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Balinese - Thank you for the follow; I will return the favor.

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      Chuck RitenouR 4 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia

      great research....enjoyed this.

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      Coolmon2009 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Chuck RitenouR - I am glad you enjoyed reading it :)

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      platinumOwl4 4 years ago

      I just decided to check what you had publised that I missed. This one as they say " take the cake" I was reading about the capabilites of the human cell and this goes hand in hand with something I was considering in my next publication. You are smartacular.

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      Coolmon2009 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      @platinumOwl4 - Thank you and as always its nice to hear from you :)

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