Nature’s Bounty — The Power of Olive Leaf Extract
Nature’s bounty stemmed from the olive tree (Olea europaea), native to the Mediterranean, olives and olive leaf are the first botanicals to be noted in the Bible, Ezekiel 47:12. The holy scripture is also where olive earned its ‘Tree of Life’ nickname. On the other hand, in ancient Egypt, the olive leaf was regarded as a symbol of heavenly power. The ancient civilisation used extracted olive oil to mummify their pharaohs. In a different civilisation, Greek mythology suggests that the olive tree was a gift from Goddess Athena. The olive tree has stood the test of time and been resistant to disease. In fact, you’d be surprised that many olive trees are two to three thousand years old.
The use of olive leaf was first noted in Europe some 150 years ago in The Pharmaceutical Journal. The journal revealed the efficacy of olive leaf tincture in treating severe fever and malaria. It also included directions to consume the leaf, which included boiling a handful of leaves in one quarter of water, boiled down to half its original volume. Next, administer the liquid in the amount of a wineglass every 3 or 4 hours until the fever is cured.
A curious component called oleuropein, intrinsically found all over the entirety of an olive tree is also the bitter substance expelled from olives when they’re cured. It’s oleuropein which grants extra virgin olive oil its unique flavour; a bouquet of taste consisting of: astringent, spicy, pungent notes balanced by a slightly bitter undertone. It also holds the fruit’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting benefits.
Olive Leaf Works as a Holistic Healer
The year was 1962 when an Italian researcher discovered the power of oleuropein in decreasing blood pressure in animals. Upon further examination of this agent, more health benefits unfolded to researchers, including increasing blood flow in coronary arteries, the ability to assuage arrhythmia and to quell intestinal muscle spasms. Years later, a different researcher of Dutch heritage observed that oleuropein comprises a primary antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic component called elenolic acid.
Olive Leaf and its Therapeutic Abilities
Upon establishing the benefits of olive leaf extract, it was doled out by professionals in 1995. More importantly, what doctors have found based on clinical data and research is that olive leaf extract is handy in treating conditions related to a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan such as influenza, the common cold, candida infections, meningitis, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human herpesvirus 6 and 7, shingles (Herpes zoster), HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, malaria, dengue, severe diarrhoea, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections.
In homoeopathic medicine, olive leaf can be consumed as a daily tonic to prevent viruses and flu. In fact, olive leaf might be able to revolutionise holistic medicine, replacing ineffective Big Pharma antibiotics.
On the subject of Olive Leaf Extract and its superiority over ineffective Big Pharma antibiotics, medical researchers believe that it possesses the ability to select and block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. While serving as a natural broad spectrum antibiotic, this leaf selectively interferes with critical amino acid production for viruses; contains the viral infection and/or spread by deactivating viruses.
Olive Leaf’s Wondrous Health Benefits:
The agent called oleuropein in olive leaf regulates high blood pressure, while also targeting and improving resistance and stiffness of the artery.
Health of Arteries
Arterial health is as its name implies, the health of one’s arteries, an indicator of one’s cardiovascular health. Endothelial cells is a thin lining that blankets the arterial walls and its function is to ensure sufficient blood flow and regulate blood pressure. So, when endothelial cells are compromised, scientifically termed endothelial dysfunction, plaque accumulates in the arteries and over time, hardens (atherosclerosis). As the plaque builds up and layers over the artery lining, it can cause an obstruction to blood flow, thenceforth triggering a heart attack or stroke. Olive leaf extract aids in helping endothelial dysfunction in a variety of ways.
It’s very well established by now that olive, along with its leaves, is a nutritional superstar. Recent animal studies have shown that olive leaf extract could possibly help treat type 2 diabetes by slowing down the digestion of starches and the conversion of simple sugars in the intestine, while boosting cells ability to utilise glucose from the blood. Beyond that, olive leaf also protects healthy tissues from oxidative damage.
Thanks to oleuropein's ability to magnify antioxidants in the body, it becomes a mighty cancer preventative. Olive leaf extract forms a barrier, if you will, to protect cells from DNA damage caused by oxidative stress — which is how malignant cells originally multiply. Amazingly enough, oleuropein blocks off the chemical signalling pathways that tumors rely on and impedes factors related to tumor growth. In one recent study, animals with tumors were given oleuropein and within the span of nine to 12 days, it shrunk like magic!
Olive leaf extract offers neuroprotection through its potent anti-inflammatory properties which guards the brain and central nervous system against gruesome strokes and other age related degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Many yesteryear Mediterranean folk remedies incorporated olive leaves and their extracts as an effective treatment and to prevent osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and the run-of-the-mill arthritis. Recent research has brought to light what herbalists have known to be true for centuries — that olive leaf extract hampers the development of several variants of arthritis. It’s oleurupein in olive leaves that’s responsible for treating and preventing rheumatoid arthritis, which is further ascertained in animal models. When oleuropein is applied at the onset of arthritic symptoms, it works wonders in neutralising them. Furthermore, under microscopic examination of arthritic joint tissue from animal subjects that were administered oleuropein, significant improvement was observed. On full blown arthritis, oleuropein significantly reduced joint inflammation, as with osteoarthritis.
Numerous scientific studies have concluded that the Mediterranean diet acts as a preventative for virtually every disease concomitant with ageing. Olive oil contains oleuropein and plays a major part in the Mediterranean diet. However, olive leaves are an even richer source of oleuropein than olive oil. Historically, in fact, for centuries various olive leaf extracts have been employed by herbalists and traditional medicine practitioners to successfully treat a wide range of health conditions including chronic age-related diseases. A plethora of scientific research suggests that a key reason for the Mediterranean Diet’s proven health benefits are its abundance of antioxidant compounds. Oleuropein-rich olive leaf extracts safely help prevent and or treat many of the most common life threatening, chronic and age related diseases of our time.