Olive Leaf Extract and Oleuropein: Benefits and Uses
The fruit and pressed oil harvested from the olive tree are well known for their zesty taste and nutritional benefits. But did you know that the olive tree’s leaves provide us with an herbal extract containing more oleuropein, the plant’s key healing ingredient?
Olive leaf tea has been made for centuries as a folk remedy for infections, heart health, joint inflammation, gout, and more. Modern scientific research has been attracted to olive leaf benefits, which include antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, hypoglycemic, cardio-protective, eye- and skin-preserving, and antioxidant benefits.
Learn more about this impressive herbal remedy now part of AnnaKare's line of pure full-spectrum herbal extracts.
Botanical Overview of the Olive Tree
Cultivation of the olive tree (Olea europaea) dates back to prehistoric times. It is a sturdy evergreen tree or shrub that can tolerate coastal climate conditions with sandy soil and lots of sunshine. The tree is native to the Mediterranean, Asia, and Africa.
It is slow-growing and often seen with a thick twisted trunk. It has silver-green oblong leaves and small white delicate flowers. The olive fruits it bears are one of the most extensively harvested crops on this planet.
Oleuropein, the plant's key medicinal ingredient that helps protect the tree from insects and microbes, was first researched in the 1960s for its healing properties.
Therapeutic Uses of Olive Leaves
In recent years Oleuropein’s benefits have attracted attention for a variety of benefits alleviating modern lifestyle diseases and contributing to a longer, healthier life. Scientific studies have evaluated its antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory qualities as well as its ability to help strengthen the cardiac and immune systems.
Its carotenoid and chlorophyll contents may be useful in improving skin health, reducing macular degeneration of the eye, and strengthening cognitive function.
Studies have researched the following benefits of olive leaf supplements and its constituents among others.
- Immune system support with antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-candida, and antiviral applications.
- Healthy cardiovascular and metabolic system functions, including blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
- Antioxidant and detoxification effects for healthy cells.
- Skin strengthening, protective, and healing qualities to reduce the signs of aging and sun damage and to promote clear skin.
- Eye and vision support by protecting against age-related macular degeneration.
- Liver protective, gastroprotective, and endocrine system supporting activities.
AnnaKare Olive Leaf Liquid Extract
Our Olive Leaf Liquid Extract provides you with 500 mg per serving of full spectrum, recently harvested, and expertly extracted organic olive leaf medicinal herb. Choose our liquid extract over typical capsules, powders, and pills for more rapid absorption and greater results.
Studies have shown that liquid supplements with minimal inactive ingredients absorb 10 times faster, digest more easily, and assimilate more quickly into the body. Experience effective results with our herbal supplements made with the highest quality ingredients available!
How to Use Olive Leaf Extract
To use, shake well and then add 30 drops (1 ml) to water, juice, or your favorite healthy beverage. Olive Leaf Extract is most frequently recommended one to two times a day as long as needed. Our suggestions:
- Add it to your bi-annual detox routine
- Combine it with your skin rejuvenation program
- Use it to fight and relieve candida
- Take it during the winter months to support immunity
- Enjoy it daily for its overall antioxidant and anti-aging benefits
If you have a medical condition, take medications, are pregnant or nursing, please talk to your health care provider before use.
The Historical Significance of Olive Leaves
Olive leaves are known to symbolize both victory and peace. In Greek mythology, there is a story about the gods Athena and Poseidon presenting gifts to the city of Athens in a contest.
Poseidon slammed his spear into the dry ground and created a spring. Athena planted an olive tree. It was determined that Athena’s gift was superior, and she won control of Athens.
Crowns of olive branches were also awarded to the winners of the ancient Olympic Games. Today’s universal peace symbol of a dove carrying an olive branch has roots in a biblical scene.
The story goes that after 40 days and 40 nights of storms, the dove returned to Noah bearing an olive branch and peace returned to the land. In 1949, Picasso’s now famous Dove of Peace was chosen for the poster of the first World Peace Congress.
The olive tree is ancient, and its leaves have been used as an herbal remedy for millennia. It offers a large span of wellness benefits related to its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-aging potential.
AnnaKare Olive Leaf Liquid Extract offers superior bioavailability with minimal inactive ingredients.
The statements in this article are grounded in natural wellness practices. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.