Olive leaf extract, from the leaves of the olive tree, contains many healing properties that can help manage a variety of ailments. It’s not just the oil and fruit that is beneficial for your health. Olive leaf extract has been used as a medicine all over the world throughout history. The leaves are green with a silvery underside and they are 4 -10 centimetres in length. They have an astringent, bitter taste.
Unprocessed olive leaves contain the antioxidants oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, luteolin, rutin, caffeic acid, catechin, apigenin, and a range of other polyphenols and flavonoids. This includes oleocanthal. Olive oil and extract contains elenolic acid, which is also a signpost for the maturation of olives. Oleuropein, 10-hydroxyoleuropein, ligstroside, and 10-hydroxyligstroside are tyrosol esters of elenolic acid. It has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of a study of 55 medicinal herbs, giving it its signature bitter taste. It contains double the antioxidants of green tea extract and 400% more than vitamin C.
Olive leaf extract is used to fight ageing, and as an immunostimulator (induces immune system activity). It is an antioxidant (a substance that fights free radicals and carcinogens), a cardio protective (helps preserve function and viability of cardiac muscle cell tissue subjected to ischemic insult or reoxygenation), a blood sugar regulator, an anti-inflammatory, and an antibiotic. It also lowers blood pressure, helps treat colds and flu, may heal cold sores and UTIs, helps manage cholesterol, lowers hypertension, and helps with fever. It acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent.
Olive leaf extract is used in skin cream and other cosmetics.
As you can see, olive leaf extract has a wide range of benefits and applications, and has been appreciated for this throughout the ages. Here at Natures Naturals, we stock an olive leaf extract throat spray, which is a convenient and perfect guard against illness with a simple spray application. Check it out here.