Olive leaf extract

Olive leaf extract is made from the leaves of the Olive tree. It has some well known medicinal properties. Alternative medicine has been using olive leaves for thousands of years to treat a variety of illnesses. Allopathic doctors will sometimes use olive leaf extract nowadays as complementary medicine to increase the effectiveness of some pharmaceutical medicines. It acts as a natural killer of pathogens in the body because it stops them from replicating.

Daniel Hanberry is the first person who was able to successfully make a tincture out of olive leaves in 1854. Almost a decade later scientists were able to isolate a substance in olive trees called oleuropein. Oleuropein is a substance that insects do not like so that is why the trees are resistant to insects and bacterial damage. Oleuropein has also been found to lower blood pressure if ingested and it can increase blood flow in coronary arteries.

Olive leaf extract contains many antioxidants that can help the body fight off free radical damage. Olive leaf extract can also fight cancer and cancerous tumors of the prostate, liver and breast. People who have the flu or viral infections can find olive leaf extract to be beneficial. It also helps relieve a cold and yeast infections. Some people who have Epstein Barr syndrome take olive leaf extract. It is also useful in treating herpes and shingles.

The best news about olive leaf extract is that can help lower LDL cholesterol levels so people who want to avoid taking statin drugs can try this herb to see if their cholesterol levels can be lowered by using it. You should first talk with your doctor about it if you have been told you need to take statin drugs to lower your cholesterol. Because it can be beneficial to lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels it is very beneficial to the heart. However it can lower blood pressure to an unsafe level so you should not take olive leaf extract if you are taking drugs to lower your blood pressure. It can also lower blood sugar levels and should not be taken if you are using insulin medications. Diabetics and hypertensive people should consult with their doctor before taking olive leaf extract. Women who are breast feeding or who are pregnant should get advice from their doctor about taking olive leaf extract too. Olive leaf extract is also helpful for people who suffer from allergies, psoriasis and general fatigue.

You can buy olive leaf extract and take it as a liquid or capsule form. It is also sold as a tea and powder. When buying olive leaf extract, look for a product that is made by a manufacture that complies with stringent manufacturing standards. Avoid olive extract products that contain fillers or additives live sugar, gluten, starch an artificial flavorings or colorings added. Only olive leaf extract products that are produced to provide the highest potency can be relied upon for the many varied therapeutic benefits this herb offers.

If you are looking for olive leaf extract online you should read all of the information about the product on any particular website that is selling it. If you find a company that has documented information about the research they have done on their products this is more than likely a reputable company to buy from. Look for pure olive leaf extract and avoid products that contain animal by products, fillers and binders. You can also visit your local health food store to find out more about olive leaf extract. Herbalists and alternative medical doctors can give you more information on this extract also.

Last updated on Feb 14th, 2010 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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