While the many benefits of olive oil are well known, not much is discussed about olive leaf extract. Extracts made from the leaf differ significantly from that of the oil, since one of the primary active constituents of the leaf extract is oleuropein, which is not found in the oil as abundantly since the content rapidly decreases as the fruit approaches maturation.
This compound is believed to have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which give rise to the many benefits one may experience from consuming the said extract. It’s most notable benefits include:
Potential Antiviral Activity
While there are historical and anecdotal accounts that olive leaf extract was used to deal with various infections, including the cold and flu, studies conducted in the lab have confirmed that the extract shows promise against viruses[i] such as herpes, rotavirus, influenza and even HIV[ii].
These effects have not been confirmed via human studies, but olive leaf extract remains a promising prospect in the treatment of viral infections.
Studies conducted in the lab have revealed that olive leaf extract is a very promising antioxidant agent, helping to slow down oxidative damage that occurs following injury and many other conditions[iii]. The extract is also said to display and anti-apoptotic action (prevents cell death), which can enhance healing and recovery under certain circumstances.
There have been studies conducted on rodents and rabbits which have observed that levels of inflammatory cytokines are decreased when olive leaf extract is administered. The reduction in inflammation was seen in studies that included wounds, arthritis and even colitis.
Reduction in inflammatory processes means that the immune system is not being overstretched to accommodate unnecessary processes that may progress toward autoimmune conditions[iv].
Olive leaf extract carries with it a very low incidence of adverse effects, with dosages up to 1000 mg daily being tolerated very well. If there’s one thing you should take away from this, it’s the fact that there is much more benefit to be had from olive plants beside the fruit.
[i] Fredrickson WR, Inventor; F & S Group, Inc., assignee. Method and composition for antiviral therapy with olive leaves. US patent 6 117 884. September 12, 2000.
[ii] Lee-Huang S, Zhang L, Huang PL, Chang YT, Huang PL. Anti-HIV activity of olive leaf extract (OLE) and modulation of host cell gene expression by HIV-1 infection and OLE treatment. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003;307(4):1029-1037.12878215
[iii] Benavente-Garcia O, Castillo J, Lorente J, Ortuno A, Del Rio JA. Antioxidant activity of phenolics extracted from Olea europaea L. leaves. Food Chem. 2000;68:457-462.
[iv] Cvjeti?anin T, Miljkovi? D, Stojanovi? I, Dekanski D, Stosi?-Grujici? S. Dried leaf extract of Olea europaea ameliorates islet-directed autoimmunity in mice. Br J Nutr. 2010;103(10):1413-1424.20025835
Lab Test Results
Olive Leaf Extract Powder: Lab test date: 26/03/20
Total Serves per Package: 167
Serving Size: 0.7500g
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Olive Leaf Extract Powder
As a dietary supplement, take 750 mg daily with meals, or as directed by a physician. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision
Please note that the nutritional profile will vary according to your flavour selection.
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