Why use Olive Extract?
More than just a Mediterranean snack, olives and their plants have a whole host of benefits. The leaves contain oleuropein, a nutrient that is thought to have great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Being a key component of the Mediterranean diet, it is believed that olives link this diet to a decrease in chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease.
Olive leaf also has other therapeutic properties including protecting the digestive system, protecting the nervous system, antimicrobial and anticancer – these properties link olive leaf to weight loss and heart health.
Olive leaf can benefit the heart in multiple ways, including reducing and preventing high blood pressure. One study showed that people with stage 1 hypertension (high blood pressure) saw a significant drop in blood pressure after eight weeks of consuming 500mg a twice a day.
Another way olive leaf extract can have a positive impact on the heart is on atherosclerosis, the highest risk factor for heart disease. Olive leaf is able to fight one of the earliest stages of atherosclerosis (endothelial dysfunction) by increasing the production of nitric oxide which helps to relax the blood vessels.
May aid in the control of diabetes
Research into the effects of olive leaf extract on type 2 diabetes has found that it may improve insulin secretion in cells. In one particular study, research found that the olive leaf lowered insulin resistance by an average of 15% and increased the productivity of the pancreas' beta cells -which produce insulin- by 28%. The polyphenols in this leaf have an important role in delaying the production of sugar, which cause inflammatory diseases such as diabetes
Supports the immune system
Olive leaves have been traditionally used to support the immune system as it has five times the antioxidant power of the equivalent amount of vitamin C. It has been used to treat symptoms of coughs, colds and flu for centuries.
The anti-viral properties of olive leaf have been shown to effectively fight against a number of disease causing microbes. In laboratory testing, it has effectively fought herpes, mononucleosis and rotavirus.