What is Olive Leaf Extract?
From the leaves of the Olive plant, this extract is powerful at intestinal cleaning and normalizing yeast levels so it is a great herb for Candida sufferers. By promoting good intestinal health and supporting the yeast balance in the body, this extract supports the immune system. You’ve probably heard that illnesses may stem from bad intestinal health. It’s true and studies support it. Your intestines are actually a huge part of your immune system. This is where you eliminate waste and toxins from the body and if your body can’t efficiently do this, then it suffers. This is an herb made for yeast and Candida sufferers. It is effective at also treating thrush.
The olives are harvested in the green-to-purple stage, and they are more fully-fleshed in orchards than in the wild. In the early 1800s, crushed oil leaves were used in drinks to lower fevers; a few decades later, they were used in tea as a treatment for malaria. In Moroccan medicine, olive leaf is infused in order to stabilize blood sugar and control diabetes.*
“Olive phenolics in general, which are present in high levels in olive leaf supplements, appears to potently protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation; this is attributed to the anti-inflammatory effects of hydroxytyrosol, and appears to be active at a low enough dose to apply to consumption of olive product consumption. Olive leaf may also benficially influence the levels of lipoproteins in a beneficial manner (LDL, HDL, total cholesterol) although the actual changes in lipoprotein content is rather small. Overall, olive phenolics are more anti-artherosclerotic than they are cholesterol reducing.
There appears to be beneficial effects on glucose metabolism, which may be related to the pancreas. The mechanisms of olive leaf and glucose metabolism are not fully elucidated at this point in time, but appears to be more of a preventative supplement than a rehabilitative one.
Although olive leaf has been implicated in various fat burning effects (increased thyroid hormones and adrenaline) there does not appear to be any overall fat lost in trials using olive leaf supplements; the reason for this is not known, but may be related to a decrease in levels of the receptor that adrenaline works through which may normalize the effects.”
“Olive leaf extract is a natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties that are:
- gastroprotective (protects digestive system)
- neuroprotective (protects central nervous system)
- antimicrobial (inhibits microorganism growth)
- anticancer (reduces risk of cancer)
- anti-inflammatory (reduces risk of inflammation)
- antinociceptive (reduces pain stimuli)
- antioxidant (prevents oxidation or cell damage)
These properties mean that olive leaf extract may help with weight loss, heart health, and herpes breakouts. “
Life Extension Magazine also has an article on the many benefits of olive leaf extract including treating blood pressure, arterial health, diabetes, cancer, neuroprotection, and arthritis. They also mention studies showing the benefits of olive leaf extract to be proven. I’ve linked the studies to the benefits below.
Olive Leaf Extract Benefits
- reduces cardiovascular risk, like atherosclerosis
- lowers blood pressure
- helps treats type 2 diabetes
- supports weight loss
- eliminates free radicals
- protects against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
- boosts immunity
- fights herpes
- reduces inflammation
- prevents and fights cancer
- The phytochemical known as oleuropein found in olive leaf extract have been shown to eliminate cancer tumors in 9 to 12 days.
Contains: Secoiridoids, Flavonoids and Triterpenes. Main and active ingredient is Oleuropein. The extract itself depends in large part on where you buy it. Try and avoid harmful additives, fillers, or preservatives and instead choose an olive leaf extract that is organic and is mixed with organic extra virgin olive oil and extracted with organic alcohol.
Cautions: Safe for children and nursing or pregnant women. Discontinue use in infants if you notice a sore mouth or swollen gums. Consult your healthcare provider if you are currently on medication. Check with your doctor if you are taking blood pressure medications or are on blood thinners.
Directions on how to use Olive Leaf Extract
For intestinal cleaning: Adults: 1/4 tsp in water; Children: (2-11 yrs) 1/8 tsp, (8 mo to 2 yrs) 5-15 drops ; Infants: (under 8 mo) 5-10 drops. Take 3 times daily half hour before meals for 2 weeks.
How to treat Candida, thrush, and/or normalize yeast levels: Adults, Children, and Infants: Same dosages for each as mentioned above, but take 1-3 times daily.
To treat herpes with olive leaf extract, drop 1 to 2 droplets on a cotton ball and place on the sore. One study found that olive leaf extract’s antiviral and antimicrobial factors reduce the ability of the herpes virus to invade surrounding cells.
A lot of times the dosage depends on the manufacturer so use according to the label’s instructions.
Recommended place to buy Olive Leaf Extract – Starwest Botanicals