This university research shows that the globally unique Olive Leaf Extract (made from freshly picked leaves) has up to 40 times more antioxidants than the best Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Additionally, the oil extracted from its leaves have impressive curative effects in several aspects.
The ancient Egyptians attributed heavenly powers to the olive leaf, and used preparations of it in the process of mummification.
In traditional Moroccan medicine, an infusion of olive leaf has been consumed to stabilize blood sugar and control diabetes.
Today, olive leaf is becoming increasingly well-known and appreciated outside of olive-growing regions, as science on its benefits expands.
One of the primary compounds in olive leaf, a substance called oleuropein, has attracted scientific attention since the early 1900s.
Oleuropein exhibits antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity, and is useful for fighting various types of internal infections. Oleuropein also appears to increase the body’s production of thermogenin, a substance that helps us to burn fat more efficiently.
In early studies, oleuropein demonstrated blood pressure-lowering properties. Several studies have shown that this compound is a potent antioxidant, inhibiting the oxidation of lipids in the blood, and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
In fact, the antioxidant activity of olive leaf is higher than that of green tea. A significant body of science shows that antioxidant compounds derived from plants provide profound health benefits, and help to reduce the risk of many chronic and degenerative diseases.
Olive leaf is an especially good source of the anti-cancer compounds apigenin and luteolin, and is a source of the anti-malarial agent cinchonine. And oleuropein has also shown protective capabilities against breast cancer.
Olive leaf extract also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Like oxidation, inflammation is a key factor in chronic and degenerative diseases. Animal studies additionally suggest that olive leaf extract may protect against nerve damage, and may be of value in cases of stroke.
Olive leaves have a long history of use as a herbal tonic to support cardiovascular function. Research shows that Olive leaf extract assists in the maintenance of normal heart function and helps to maintain a normal healthy cardiovascular system.
Olive leaves have been traditionally used to enhance functioning of the immune system and aid the management of viral infections, especially when fever is present.
With 400% more antioxidant power than the equivalent amount of Vitamin C, Olive leaf extract is a powerful free-radical remover, keeping our skin smooth and preventing aging of the body.