Olive Leaf Extract has been used as a cure-all for thousands of years.1 It’s active component, a phenolic compound known as oleuropein, is being recognized as a totally effective and completely safe all-natural healer.
Oleuropein (pronounced oh-lee-or-oh-pin) is a bitter substance that scientists have isolated from the olive leaf. It was found to be part of a compound produced by olive trees that make them particularly vigorous and resistant to insect and bacterial damage.
Oleuropein’s antimicrobial activity occurs when it breaks down in the body to elolenic acid (in the form of calcium elenolate; a calcium salt). The elolenic acid interacts with a target pathogen at a receptor, as a key interacts with a lock. The elolenic acid interferes with the replication process of most pathogens. Once the extract begins to affect the pathogens, the immune system can renew itself to do its job to protect the body from disease.2
Olive leaf extract has been shown effective against the following viruses, retroviruses, bacterium, parasites, yeast, protozoans, fungi, molds and other microbes and diseases as demonstrated in laboratory testing (including the In Vitro Disk Bioassay method).3
Olive leaf extract may also help boost energy levels, aid in the treatment of chronic fatigue and allergies, and is an excellent companion to herbs such as Echinacea and Goldenseal during the cold and flu season.
Independent studies have reported that oleuropein has lowered blood pressure in animals, increased blood flow in coronary arteries, helped relieve arrhythmias and helped prevent intestinal muscle spasms.
Among the most recent research findings regarding oleuropein are: Has been found to inactivate bacteria by dissolving the outer lining of microbes. Inhibited oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol) involved in heart and arterial disease. May contain antioxidant properties similar to other phytochemical compounds. Research is ongoing regarding possible benefits for hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
1 Dr. Morton Walker’s book Olive Leaf Extract. Kensington Publishing Corp. 1997
2 East Park Research (www.eastparkresearch.com)
3 Dr. Morton Walker’s book Olive Leaf Extract. Kensington Publishing Corp. 1997