Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract
The benefits of olive leaf extract have been well known in Mediterranean and Middle eastern countries for centuries. In the Bible, the olive tree is called the “tree of life”. Olive leaf extract is made by taking the leaves of the olive tree, drying and grounding them. Once the leaves have been ground, an infusion is made and the extract is concentrated. The fruit of the olive tree and the leaves have provided many uses since discovered as a food, for beauty, health and healing.
Health Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract
The olive leaf contains an active ingredient called oleuropein, which has healing properties to fight almost any type of infection — bacterial, viral, fungi and parasites. Olive leaf extract has been shown to contain high antioxidant qualities which are beneficial for the heart and blood circulation and can help sufferers of chronic fatigue as it works as an energy booster. Olive leaf extract is also used for pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, malaria, dengue, bacteraemia, severe diarrhoea, blood poisoning and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections. Other reported benefits of olive leaf extract are that it can help with hypertension, diabetes, allergic rhinitis, improving renal and digestive function and as a diuretic and antipyretic.
Olive Leaf Extract as a Natural Antibiotic
The olive tree’s leaves are resistant to insects and microbes, which prompted scientists to take a closer look. Research shows that the plants main active ingredient, oleuropein, is a powerful natural antibiotic agent. Studies of olive oil mills have shown that the wastewater kills aerobic spore-forming bacteria, which has implications for usage of olive leaf extract to help fight against bacteria caused diseases.
Researchers also found that olive leaf extract could fight against Bacillus cereus, a bacteria which can cause a lethal and potentially fatal form of food poisoning. Olive leaf extract has also been shown to eliminate Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria responsible for many hospital-acquired infections and notorious for its ability to mutate against antibiotics.
Olive leaf extract also works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic, it is useful against colds, flu, and upper respiratory and sinus infections.