Olive leaf is a part of the olive tree (Olea europaea). It is native to the Mediterranean. Olives the leaves of this tree are also mentioned in the Bible, in Ezekiel 47:12, “The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine” – and that’s why it is called “Tree of Life.” Olive leaf was considered to be a symbol of heavenly power in Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians used the oil which they extracted from olives to mummify pharaohs.
The ancient Greeks considered this amazing tree as a gift from the goddess Athena. The tree is resistant to any disease. There are even trees that have managed to live for 2.000 or 3.000 years!
The first time olive leaf was mentioned in Europe officially was 150 years ago. It was used as a medicine. The Pharmaceutical Journal recorded the ability olive leaf tincture has in cases of malaria or fever in 1854. Daniel Hanbury was the one who even put the recipe: “You should boil one handful of olive leaves in a quart of water. Use the liquid for about the amount of a wineglass on every 3 or 4 hours until you’ve noticed the fever is cured.” This man thought that the mixture was so effective because of the bitter substance present there and he was right.
This is a molecule called oleuropein. They first managed to isolate it from the leaf in the early 1900’s. The molecule is a very potent polyphenol antioxidant and a bitter glycoside which possesses the best benefits of the olive tree. Researchers also thought that this molecule is what protects the tree from diseases.
This ingredient gives the oil its high quality, disease-fighting, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities. It taste contains spicy, astringent, pungent notes with a bitter undertone.
Olive Leaf is a Broad Spectrum Healer
Researches that date from 1962 claim that oleuropein can decrease blood pressure in animals, but it can also assuage arrhythmia, increase the blood flow in coronary arteries and decrease intestinal muscle spasms.
According to a Dutch researcher, oleuropein contained an ingredient called elenolic acid which is anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
The Therapeutic Power of Olive Leaf
According to Dr. Hoffman, MD researchers started prescribing the olive leaf extract (OLE) in 1995. He claims that this extract can treat numerous health conditions like: candida infections, shingles (Herpes zoster), influenza, herpes I and II, pneumonia, tuberculosis, the common cold, hepatitis B, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), encephalitis, chronic fatigue, human herpes virus 6 and 7, meningitis, dengue, HIV/ARC/AIDS, gonorrhea, severe diarrhea, malaria, urinary tract, surgical, dental and ear infections.
It can be also used as a daily tonic by people who lead stressful lives and are more susceptible to the common cold.
Nowadays, we’re all very aware of the health benefits of this extract. Information can be found anywhere and they all claim about the benefits.
Olive leaf is considered to act like a broad spectrum antibiotic, so here, we’re presenting you some of its most amazing benefits!
The oleuropein possesses effects which decrease high blood pressure. It helps against the arterial stiffness, too.
Arterial health is extremely important in cardiovascular health. It’s very important that we have a clear blood flow and that our arteries are without accumulated plaque which can be extremely dangerous. It can cause stroke or a heart attack. Olive leaf extract helps us fight this plaque and improve our overall arterial health.
Type 2 Diabetes is very common nowadays. It can disturb numerous bodily dysfunctions. We already presented a study which managed to prove that olive oil extract helped to decrease sugar in animals. It also increases the antioxidant activity in the body.
Oleuropein possesses an antioxidant effect which means it’s extremely powerful against cancer. Olive leaf extract can help us from DNA damage.
Oleuropein can also prevent inflammation, tumor growth, reduce the malignant cells and also suppress cancer cells.
Olive leaf extract is can help our nervous system against strokes and various age related degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
People who take olive oil in their diet every day like for example, the ones from the Mediterranean, claim that it helps them against gout, plain old arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Oleuropein can also help us in cases of rheumatoid arthritis. It neutralizes all the symptoms and also reduces joint inflammation.
The Mediterranean diet is considered to be very good in cases of numerous health problems which come with age. Olive oil is a huge part of this diet. The traditional medicine as well as the herbalists have been using olive oil leaves since ancient times and have managed to fight numerous diseases, but also to stay healthy.
The most beneficial compounds this oil contains are phenols and polyphenols present which can also be found in numerous other foods like: berries, olives, grapes, and red wine. Researchers claim that they are the key for the low incidences of hypertension, certain cancers, coronary heart disease, obesity and inflammatory conditions in the Mediterranean region. Scientists also connect them to a longer life expectancy.
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