Discover Amazing Olive Leaf Extract Benefits
Let me tell you a quick story. A couple of years ago my mom, who was in her late late sixties at the time, came down with shingles. Now, if anyone has every experienced shingles, you know how painful they can be. Her doctor prescribed a few different things, to help with pain and aid in healing, but nothing appeared to help at all. My mom was so fed up; she stopped at at an herbal store around the corner from her house. You know what the master herbalist recommended? Olive leaf extract, applied to the affected area. This extract was the only thing that decreased her discomfort caused by shingles.
After this episode, I took a closer look at this simple leaf from the olive tree. It turns out that the olive leaf has many medicinal uses, including antibiotic, antiviral and so much more. Let me share with you the amazing information that I found out.
First of all what is olive leaf extract? This extract is made from the leaves of the Mediterranean olive tree ( Olea europaea ). The main active ingredient is called oleuropein,
What forms does it come in? The extract can be found as tea, capsules, powder, or a liquid supplement. It can also be an ingredient in soaps, skin creams and lotions. Whatever oral form you decide to take, you want to be sure that it is standardized to contain at least 15%, or higher, of oleuropein.
What health benefits does it have? The possible health benefits are many. It can be used to: fight bacterial, viral and fungal infections, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, improve allergies and asthma, boost the immune system, and increased energy, just to name a few. It also has very high amounts of antioxidants, which means it would have anti-aging properties, as well.
Are there any side effects? Since olive leaf extract can affect both blood pressure and blood sugar levels, you would want to consult your doctor before taking it, if you have low blood pressure or are a diabetic. It is not known if it is suitable to take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding feeding, so I would err on the side of caution. You should also not take the extract if you are currently on antibiotics, as it may inactivate them.
So, there you have it, in a nutshell, the latest on this extract from the olive leaf. Hopefully, I have given you some food for thought since this supplement has so many potential uses, especially in this day and age of antibiotic resistance, viruses, and overall poor health. If you want to improve your life and your health, I urge you to take a closer look at olive leaf extract, and see if it is right for you.