Olive leaf extract is a concentrated dose of the nutrients in olive tree leaves and is recently gaining popularity as a natural remedy.
Yet surprisingly, so many of its incredible benefits are overlooked!
Here are five remarkable ways olive leaf extract can benefit your health ranging from a supportive supplement for your immune system to preventing the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
1. Olive leaf extract can help improve your cardiovascular health.
Olive leaf extract reduces the risk of heart disease because it has positive effects on narrow arteries (atherosclerosis), which is the highest risk factor for heart disease.
LDL cholesterol is the most common type of cholesterol in our body and is commonly referred to as the 'bad' cholesterol because it builds up in the walls of your blood vessels making them narrow and hard. This creates a risk for heart problems including a heart attack and stroke.
Olive leaf extract prevents LDL from accumulating in the arteries allowing increased blood flow and a decrease in blood pressure, both which minimise your chances of heart disease.
It is also capable of reducing high cholesterol levels!
Studies on animals and humans have shown that taking olive leaf extract for a substantial time resulted in significantly decreased cholesterol levels.
2. It's ultra-rich in antioxidants.
Olive tree leaf contain numerous polyphenols and it is particularly oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol that contribute to the leaf's rich abundance of antioxidants.
Remarkably, a study comparing the antioxidant level of 55 various medicinal herbs (including green tea and milk thistle) found that olive leaves contained the highest amount!
Olive leaf extract is packed with antioxidants that prevent (or at the very least slow) cell damage caused by free radicals. So it's no surprise that they provide a plethora of benefits for the body.
In fact, some studies have found that olive leaf extract prevents cancerous cell growth, particularly hormone related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers, however more research is needed to conclude the extent to which olive leaf extract helps.
Acting as a rich source of antioxidants means that olive leaf extract also supports a healthy immune system. This is due to the fact that antioxidants help you avoid disease by combating cell damage that would ordinarily cause illness.
It's not just internal benefits that antioxidants provide, but they also protect your skin from sun damage, pollution and free radicals. This protects your skin's health while giving you a radiant glow!
3. Olive leaf extract protects the brain against Alzheimer’s disease.
Oleuropein (a compound found in olives and the leaves of olive trees) has been proven to be a protective agent against Alzheimer’s disease. This is because it induces autophagy, a process in the body that removes damaged cells in order to create newer, healthier ones.
Studies also show that Oleuropein can prevent one of the biggest tell-tale signs of Alzheimer's disease in the brain - beta-amyloid protein.
Beta-amyloid protein triggers the development of Alzheimer's Disease when abnormal levels of the protein accumulate in clumps, creating plaques that sit between neurons and disturb cell function.
Studies have found that treating clusters of beta-amyloid protein with Oleuropein can cause an incredible reduction in the harmful plaques and provides overall support in cognitive function.
Our olive leaf extract supplement contains 20% active Oleuropein so you can get a healthy dose of this remarkable compound!
4. It can alleviate Parkinson’s disease too.
Despite the fact that much remains to be discovered about Parkinson's disease, there is evidence suggesting that oxidative stress (the imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body) and brain inflammation are significant causes.
Hidrox, a compound present in olives and olive leaves, has been shown to have neuroprotective effects against Parkinson's disease. Studies have found that it not only reduced oxidative stress and brain inflammation but also other processes including inflammasome signaling that contribute to the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Therefore, Hidrox can help reduce motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease and decelerate neurodegeneration.
The antioxidant properties in olive leaves can also prevent damage to dopamine neurons and the loss of them, both of which are linked to Parkinson's disease.
5.Olive leaf extract has anti-inflammatory properties.
Olive leaves contain a high amount of polyphenolic chemicals, which have been found to possess antioxidant, antibacterial and notably, anti-inflammatory effects.
As inflammation is a cause of a variety of physical and mental ailments, this is a huge health advantage.
Oleuropein has been found in studies to help prevent rheumatoid arthritis and to also alleviate the pain that accompanies rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis . This is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of olive leaf extract which block the production of inflammatory cytokines.
And as a bonus benefit, because olive leaf extract is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, it can also relieve skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis!
Olive Leaves, Lead The Way!
So if you’re looking for an all-natural way to boost your immune system, prevent heart disease and arthritis pain and support cognitive health, look no further than olive leaf extract. If you want to experience these benefits first hand, we recommend trying our Pure Olive Leaf Extract from Harrogate Organics!