If you know about olive leaf, most likely you have heard of it as a natural supplement for treating Candida, and supporting the immune system. Oleuropein, is the component of olive leaf that has been shown to fight against a wide variety of bacteria, yeasts, and fungus. To take this a step further, within the oleuropin, there is a compound called elenolic acid that loves to breakdown viruses. Calcium eleolate, one form of elenolic acid, is keen to fight bacteria and parasites.
But there are a few outstanding things most people don’t know about olive leaf. For instance, you might assume it has some antioxidant activity right? Well, it is off the charts!
The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) rating has been all the rage as a measurement for determining how powerful an antioxidant is – the higher number the “better”. A high quality olive leaf supplement beats some of the heavy hitters – showing much higher ORAC numbers than noni, mangosteen, acai, and goji. It scores almost twice as high as green tea and grape seed extract!
Also, preliminary research on animals in Spain and Morocco, show very positive results for reducing blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood levels of uric acid. Evidence also suggests support of high blood sugar issues due to oleuropein’s ability to produce anti-diabetic activity in animals with diabetes.
Finally, got inflammation? Need a nutritional boost? Olive leaf has you covered. As a source of selenium, chromium, iron, zinc, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and amino acids, oleuropin and its derivatives contain the anti-inflammatory action.
Hmmmm, this is starting to sound like a “super food” isn’t it!?
A high quality olive leaf product can be on your short list of everyday go-to supplements, and then used therapeutically when needed for immune challenges like colds, flus, and infections. Research, case studies, and widespread use, with references from biblical to modern research, all indicate this wonderful supplement can be a great part of a health regimen.
Do you use olive leaf? Have you used it? Let us know!
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