There are so many supplements on the market today that it can be difficult to know which ones to invest in and what is really going to make a difference to your and your family´s health. When deciding what to add into our supplement regime I always like to get the most bang for my buck; what will have the greatest positive impact on our health for a reasonable price? For this reason and many more, I love olive leaf extract.
Used for centuries
The leaves of the olive tree have been used as medicine for centuries and there are early references to this in the Bible. Even Hippocrates—the father of modern medicine—was reported to have prescribed olive leaf extract for numerous health conditions.
What makes olive leaf extract so powerful is the bioactive compound oleuropein, which provides amazing, scientifically-studied health benefits. Studies have shown that oleuropein acts as an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent. It is great for fighting colds, flus, viruses, candida and other fungal infections. Oleuropein is also used to help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory
The antioxidant activity of olive leaf extract is much stronger than vitamin C and higher than that of green tea. While oleuropein is certainly the main antioxidant, olive leaf extract contains other polyphenols that work powerfully and synergistically to fight free radicals to prevent ageing and reduce cell damage. These powerful antioxidants lower inflammation in the body, a key factor as inflammation is the root cause of many modern diseases.
Benefits of Taking Olive Leaf Extract
Among other benefits, olive leaf extract has shown to:
- fight colds, flus and viruses
- boost the body´s immune system
- inhibit and destroy a wide range of pathogens, acting as a powerful antibacterial and antifungal
- reduce free radical damage and provide a high level of antioxidant activity
- kill bad bacteria without altering good bacteria in the gut—an important point as even herbs like oil of oregano, a natural antibiotic, should only be used short term as they do disrupt and alter beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Olive leaf extract is safe for the whole family to take and can be used to boost everyone´s immune system over the winter months. I have been taking olive leaf extract for several months now and I wouldn´t be without it. I notice a difference in my energy levels, I have used it to help fight candida and I have found it to work as a powerful immune booster. This is the brand I use for myself and the kids Olive Leaf Extract
Have you ever used olive leaf extract and found it to be helpful? Let me know in the comments.