Monday, November 15, 2010

Olive Leaf Extract Benefits

Olive Leaf

The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to read about  the Health benefits of Olive Leaf Extract. Learn About This Truly Unique Medicinal Herb.

The benefits of olive leaf extract have been well known in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries for centuries.

This natural medicinal herb is extracted from the actual leaf of the olive tree, although there are also (lesser) benefits from using olive oil as well as olive oil and leaf extract combinations.

The benefits of olive leaf extract include:
  • Protecting the body from viruses, bacteria or retroviruses
  • Treating existing viruses including herpes and shingles
  • Possible Anti HIV activity
  • Improving circulation
  • Curing colds, flues and pneumonias
  • Aiding as a diuretic and digestive aid
  • Prevents intestinal muscle spasms
  • Used in ear,urinary, dental and surgical infection prevention and elimination
  • Decreases the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by increasing energy and overall well being
Several research studies have recorded and reported on the effectiveness of olive leaf extract in several different clinical trials.

The New York University School of Medicine has completed definitive tests that show that OLE (olive leaf extract) is able to change the pathways of HIV type infections and may even reverse these conditions.

The University of Durban-Westville in South Africa has concluded that one of the benefits of olive leaf extract is that it decreases hypertension especially in cases where the condition is related to salt-sensitivity.

Research has also been done regarding the antioxidant benefits of olive leaf extract and show that it possesses extremely high anti-oxidative qualities (1). Not only does this herb serve to remove free radicals from the system but it also helps to add protective qualities for the heart and circulatory system.

Through eliminating free radicals in the system olive leaf extract also helps reduce the productions of micro-toxins in the body that can eliminate many of the colds, flues and other respiratory issues that are problematic around the world.

Female specific benefits of olive leaf extract extend to eliminating yeast and other vaginal infections as well as helping reduce the symptoms of PMS and migraine headaches.

Benefits Of Olive Leaf Extract - How Does This Unique Herb Work?
Olive leaf contains a series of phytochemicals known as secoiridoids. The most important of these - and the major active ingredient in olive leaf - is Oleuropein ? which in itself is comprised of 95 different compounds.

When Oleuropein is extracted out of olive leaves, along with the other phytochemicals, it works as a very wide spectrum natural antibiotic.

Studies have shown that this active ingredient is responsible for the numerous health benefits of olive leaf extract. It has been determined to be part of the olive tree's powerful disease resistant structure.

Oleuropein is a powerful antioxidant which boosts the immune system, allowing the body to destroy free radicals and harmful viruses, bacteria and other potentially dangerous cells.

The benefits of olive leaf extract to the immune system are well documented - it is very well known as a non ?toxic, potent immunity enhancer.

Although it?s individual medicinal properties are highly beneficial, if combined with a wide range of other powerful anti oxidants and medicinal herbs the results will be far more effective.

So unless you wish to treat a specific condition (short-term), olive leaf extract should be taken as part of a multi nutrient supplement aimed at strengthening all organs and systems in your body (particularly your immune system), while providing anti aging benefits and a host of other ?wellness benefits?.

Benefits Of Olive Leaf Extract - Precautions And Side Effects

This extraordinary herb is very safe to use. There have been not been any reports of adverse reactions or other side effects, except that a few people experience moderate headaches ? this is due to a detoxification effect and is not a counteraction to the herb. Few human studies with olive leaf are available.

No known studies have been conducted on pregnant or nursing mothers. Therefore if you are pregnant or nursing the best recommendation is to not take this or any other herbal extracts without medical advice.

There are no known studies of interactions between olive leaf extract and pharmaceuticals drugs.

The disease resistant benefits of olive leaf extract are strong and so it "should not be taken along with antibiotics, additional amino acids or any other mold or fungus derivatives.

It is not that they will do you harm, rather Olive leaf extract will see those things as invaders and kill them canceling the positive effect of the extract, instead of working on what's important, healing you". (2)

What To Look For In A Multi Ingredient Health Supplement Containing Olive Leaf

There are some olive leaf extracts available that work really well and others that do not!

So the first thing to check for is that the extract is 'Standardized'. Standardization has become the industry standard!

Standardization guarantees the potency and amount of Oleuropein from batch to batch ? which can vary tremendously when herbs are grown and processed.

Many supplement companies avoid using standardized extracts because they are considerably more expensive!

NOTE: Beware of low quality olive leaf extracts listing the active ingredient as ?Calcium Elenolate?. Olive leaf does NOT contain ?Calcium Elenolate? (which is synthesized in a lab).

The supplement company should manufacture its own products and control the manufacturing process through all stages.

Stay away from supplement companies who contract out their manufacturing. This is often where problems begin such as contamination.

To guarantee absolute safety, purity, and potency all raw materials must be sourced from GMP registered and audited facilities. All ingredients must have a Certificate of Analysis (COA) on file confirming their purity and potency.

The supplement company must test all raw materials prior to manufacture for compliance with certificates of analysis and for microbiological contamination. This ensures your safety

To further ensure the highest levels of safety and that ingredient amounts are in accordance with label claims, be sure the manufacturer is GMP compliant at a pharmaceutical level ? this is the highest standard possible for the manufacture of nutritional supplements. Only a handful of supplement companies achieve this standard with their manufacturing!

Prior to releasing each batch of product a further microbiological analysis must be carried out along with a heavy metal analysis.

Be sure the product contains NO ARTIFICIAL:
  • Colors
  • Flavors
  • Preservatives
  • Fillers
  • Binders
Nor potential allergenic substances - lactose, gluten, wheat, yeast and to a lesser degree corn (as vegetable coating or starch).

The product should come with a 100% unconditional money back guarantee - and no crazy conditions to use it. The manufacturers of elite/premium grade supplements must be prepared to stand by their product. If there's not a no risk, 100% money back guarantee let that raise a big red flag for you!

Recommended Supplement Containing Olive Leaf

It's called 'Total Balance' from the Xtend-Life company in New Zealand!

There are 7 different versions within the 'Total Balance' range.

Total Balance is best described as a specialty supplement for very health conscious people who want superior nutritional support to protect the health of their DNA, normalize their aging process and avoid all those 21st century influenced (and preventable) degenerative diseases.

This revolutionary 'Multi Nutrient Health' Supplement meets every one of the criteria listed above and a heck of a lot more.

Highly sophisticated supplements such as Total Balance are genuine super supplements and are manufactured using the most advanced technology and delivery systems, along with the most up to date nutritional science.

In additional to olive leaf, the Total Balance Women's Premium formula contains 17 other standardized medicinal herbal extracts.

But Total Balance is far more than just a herbal supplement!

The various Total Balance versions contain between 79 - 99 ingredients....

....which target every organ and system in your body, including your brain, to support overall wellness, slow your aging process, and offer advanced disease prevention.

It contains all nutrient categories.....
  • Methylation Agents
  • Anti-Glycation Agents
  • Adaptogens
  • Calorie Restriction Mimetics
  • Antioxidants
  • Amino Acids
  • Enzymes
  • Neuronutrients
  • Flavanoids
  • Carotenoids
  • Trace Elements
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Herbal Extracts
  • Co-factors
Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract - Sources:
  1. Phytochemistry Vol.31, No.4, 1992. 1173-1178
  2. Healthy Christian Living website ? (benefits of) Olive Leaf Extract Benefits of olive leaf extract
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