Olive trees are widely grown and farmed throughout Mediterranean countries as a source of olives and olive oil. The olive is traditionally used in foods, and certain health conditions including cardiovascular diseases, general wellness, infections, and malaria. As early as 1855, medical reports have described the benefits of drinking a tea brewed with olive leaves. Olive leaf extract is considered to be an effective antimicrobial agent against a variety of pathogens, and infections. It has also been shown to have antiviral activity, helping to ward of viruses such as rhinovirus, various strains of influenza viruses. Olive leaf extract is currently used as a supportive agent in the management of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Traditional uses also support olive leaf and olive oil in reduction of cardiovascular disease and inflammation risk.
Toxicities & Precautions
- Olive leaf is considered safe in recommended dosages.
- Products should be used with caution with individuals who may have an allergy to olive pollen.
- Individuals with bleedings disorders should consult a physician before use.
Functions in the Body
- Olive leave extract inhibits harmful free radical damage within the body through antioxidant properties.
Blood Pressure and Heart Health
- It has been shown to prevent low-density lipoprotein oxidation.
- Strengthens immune system to better fight off illness, and increase energy.
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