Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf is also widely used by people who want to support the health of their heart and cardiovascular system. This herb supports healthy blood sugar levels, wound healing and healthy prostaglandin pathways.
Notably, Olive leaf features on the official seal and emblem of the World Health Organization. Olive leaf has often been chosen as a symbol of peace and health. Archaeological evidence from the Mediterranean Basin suggests that olive trees have been cultivated by humans since the third millennium BCE. Olive leaf is available in capsules, tablets, and liquid extracts.
Scientific analysis has revealed that Olive leaf yields a comprehensive array of polyphenol phytonutrients or beneficial plant chemicals. Oleuropein is the most prevalent and well-studied of these. It has very bitter taste which contributes to the characteristically pungent taste of olive fruit. The leaves have been found to contain the highest concentrations of oleuropein in the olive plant - astoundingly, up to one hundred-fold more than olive fruit.
Benefits & Uses
Olive leaf contains high levels of antioxidants or protective plant nutrients. These high concentrations account for many of its beneficial properties which help maintain the health of cardiovascular organs and tissue. Olive an excellent choice as a supplement for daily antioxidant support, the aid in the body’s healthy protective response to oxidative damage.
Olive Leaf has traditionally been used to support the immune system. Research has shown that certain compounds found in the leaf support the body’s natural and healthy immune response to viral attack. There are certain species and strains of viruses that are adapted to and preferentially target the mucous membranes and cells of the respiratory and digestive systems. Olive leaf supplements help support the body’s specific healthy immune responses to these strains of viruses.
Cardiovascular system health
Supplements containing Olive leaf help maintain the health of cardiovascular organs and support healthy cardiovascular function. Scientists believe that these benefits are due to high levels of antioxidant compounds concentrated in the leaf of the plant. Olive leaf supports healthy cholesterol balance and supports the body’s natural ability to prevent oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL). It also provides the body with beneficial plant nutrients that help support normal healthy blood pressure and maintain thehealth of our heart muscles.