According to Greek legend, Athena (the Goddess of Wisdom)
planted the very first Olive tree on Earth. However, the
earliest known usage of the Olive leaf (Olea europaea) for
medicinal purposes was by the Ancient Egyptians over four
thousand years ago; they even used it to help preserve
their mummies for the after-life! Olive leaf herbal ‘tea’ is an
aid to supporting the human immune system, indeed countless generations have reported fast and effective relief from cold and flu symptoms. Researchers at the University of Milan concluded that Oleuropein (a polyphenolic antioxidant in the leaf) inhibited the oxidation of low density lipoproteins (LDL) which has been linked to CVD and heart disease...

University and private medical research institutes are presently engaged in studies of the olive leaf because it is a source of so many health benefits. To date, there have been at least 8 natural phytochemicals discovered within the leaf that combine to give it these healthful properties: caffeic acid, verbascoside, luteolin 7-O-glucoside, rutin, apigenin 7-O-glucoside, luteolin 4'-O-glucoside, oleuropein, and maslinic acid ... Doctor Morton Walker, a leading expert on the subject stated; “Based on my research I am convinced that Olive Leaf is destined to become the most useful, wide-spectrum herbal ingredient of the 21st century.”

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Olive leaf appears to provide effective therapeutic action against many common health related conditions. Reported benefits of the active ingredients contained in olive leaf range from promoting energy and healthy blood pressure, to supporting the cardiovascular system and the immune system.

From research and clinical experience to date, experts claim that supplemental olive leaf may be beneficial in the treatment for conditions caused by, or associated with: a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan. Among those conditions are: influenza, the common cold, candida infections, meningitis, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles (Herpes zoster), HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, severe diarrhea, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections.

Many people who live stressful lives or who may be particularly susceptible to colds and viruses may benefit from long-term use of olive leaf as a preventive agent. Some patients have expressed other unexpected benefits of olive leaf, including improved psoriasis, normalisation of heart beat irregularities, diminished cravings, less pain from hemorrhoids, toothaches and chronically achy joints....

During the early 1900's, scientists isolated a bitter compound called oleuropein from olive leaf that was thought to give the olive tree its disease resistance. In 1962 an Italian researcher recorded that oleuropein had the ability to lower blood pressure in animals. It dilates the blood vessels so that blood may flow more easily throughout the system. Other European researchers validated that claim and also found it to increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmia and prevent intestinal muscle spasms. In the years to come, a Dutch researcher identified that a primary ingredient in oleuropein inhibited the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. This chemical was elenolic acid. Further European research determined this compound to have strong bactericidal, antiviral and antifungal capabilities. A safety study on calcium elenolate was tested with laboratory animals and published by the Upjohn pharmaceutical company in 1970. The study concluded that even in doses several hundred times higher than recommended; no toxic or other adverse side effects were discovered.

Research suggests that olive leaf may be a true anti-viral compound because it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. This appears to offer healing effects not addressed by pharmaceutical antibiotics. Olive leaf's broad killing power includes an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses; an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses by preventing virus shredding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane; the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication.

As an antioxidant, Olive leaf may protect blood vessels from damage, and has been shown to be effective in protecting the heart from coronary occlusion. When taken over an extended period of time, it is believed to reverse arteriosclerosis. Olive leaves are astringent and antiseptic. Both the leaves and the bark have valuable febrifugal qualities.

CAUTION: Always consult with your Doctor or other health care professional before changing your diet.

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