Olive Leaf Extract
Olive trees (Olea europaea) have special leaves from which Olive Oil is extracted. The olive leaf extract has many important uses and a special flavour.
Apart from olive oil, there are other many components found in this precious leaf. One of its main uses which have led to its reputation is the health benefits derived from it or simply the medical use.
The best part of it is that Olive Leaf Extract has been used as medicine even in the bible;
for reference (Ezekiel 47:12)
The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.
Olive Leaf Extract has been used as natural medicine for centuries in various places to cure varied diseases and conditions. Olive oil is currently used as: immune stimulator, anti-aging product, and antibiotic agent. Scientific research has also proved that; carefully extracted olive oil can lower blood pressure.
It acts as antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory when applied on the human body as jelly or perfume. In some parts, the infusion of olive leaf extract is used to control blood sugar and diabetes. In short, olive is well-known for its health benefits.
One of the most important compounds found in olive leaf extract is oleuropein. Scientific research has revealed its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity. Also, the substance aids the body in secretion of thermogenin, a chemical substance that is involved in burning of fat in our body efficiently.
Further studies showed that, oleuropein have a potent antioxidant that inhibits the oxidation of lipids in the blood. This lowers chances of cardiovascular or high blood pressure, which are common among the aging and obese people.
Another extract from olive leaf extract are apigenin and luteolin which are used as anti-cancer compounds and in treating cancer. Also, it has been used to protect against breast cancer found mostly in women.
Cinchonine is yet another very important compound obtained from olive leaves. It is mainly used as anti-malarial agent and in curing malaria which is a common killer disease especially in tropical Africa.
The olive leaf extract acts as anti-inflammation. It prevents inflammation and oxidation, which in most cases causes degenerative and chronic diseases in humans. Studies conducted on animals recently suggested that, the extract has a protective effect against nerve damage and reduces greatly, the chances of a stroke.
Among the many medical uses, Olive leaf extract has also been used as cooking oil. Freshly picked olive leaf extracts should be pure with no added alcohol, starch, yeast, sugar, colorings, flavors or preservatives.