Although the restorative properties of this herb have long been claimed by herbalists, a host of scientific studies in the past several years have revealed an astonishing array of health benefits to be found within its leaves.
This humble but powerful herb is the olive plant.
Oleuropein – The Anti-Disease Agent
Oleuropein is a phytochemical found in all parts of the olive plant, with the highest concentration in the leaves. You could say that this is an “active ingredient” in olive leaves, since oleuropein is what gives them antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. This powerful combination can help to combat viruses, bacteria, fungi (such as candida yeast), and other pathogens. Early studies have also revealed that olive leaves may help to impede the growth of cancer cells.
Other Benefits of the Olive Leaf
The olive leaf’s disease-fighting properties are only the beginning. Here are just a few of its potential health benefits:
- Helping to lower blood pressure and fight the formation of bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Strengthening and relaxing blood vessels and arteries to enhance circulation and cardiovascular health
- Protecting cells from the damage of free radicals, due to over 30 polyphenols, which are naturally-occurring plant chemicals that behave like antioxidants.
- Helping to lower blood sugar levels, which could prove beneficial to diabetics
- Protecting the brain and central nervous system from the destruction brought on by strokes and age-related degenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
How to Take Your Olive Leaves
If you have access to fresh or freshly-dried olive leaves, steep them in hot water to make a fragrant tea. Otherwise, take them in capsule form, such as this all-natural supplement by the Dr. Clark Research Association.
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