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Olive Leaf Powder Organic 1lb
Olive Leaf Powder Organic 1lb
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Frontier Bulk Olive Leaf Powder, ORGANIC, 1 lb. package

Brand: Frontier Bulk
Botanical Name: Olea europaea L.
Origin: Turkey
Organic: Organic
Kosher: Kosher
Size: 16 oz
Package: Foil Bag
Introduction Date: 2001-01-01

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 500 mg
Servings 908
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Olive, powder (leaf)  500 mg **
** Daily Values have not been established.

Common Name: Olive Leaf
Plant Part: Leaf
Cut: Powder
Bar Code: 0-89836-02759-7

Olive trees are small evergreens native to the Mediterranean from which olives, olive oil and olive leaves are obtained. Olive leaf was the first botanical cited in the Bible as a natural healer, "The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."

Botanical name: Olea europaea L.

In the 1850`s, there is documentation showing how olive leaf cured malaria in its final stages.

If you live a stressful life and you normally get colds and flu, then olive leaf is just what you need. Many have had great success with this herb. Olive leaf has a bitter compound called oleuropein, which is the reason for its disease fighting compound.

Olive leaf through many trials has shown its ability to fight any and all attacking viruses. Olive leaf has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It has 400 percent more antioxidants than Vitamin C and double the antioxidants of green tea. Olive leaf should be taken daily to achieve the maximum effect.

Olive Leaf benefits:

- Traditionally used to fight off colds and the flu.

- Treating yeast infections

- Viral infections, Epstein Barr, shingles and herpes

- Heart conditions

- Lowering cholesterol and LDL levels

The leaves of the olive tree have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, and research has suggested that olive leaf extracts have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Now it also appears that a supplement containing olive leaf extract could help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

A study looked at 20 sets of identical twins with "borderline" hypertension -- blood pressure that is above the optimal level of 120/80, but below the cutoff of 140/90 used to diagnose high blood pressure. One member of each twin pair was given tablets containing olive leaf extract, while the other received no supplements but did get lifestyle advice on lowering blood pressure.

After eight weeks, supplement users taking 1,000 mg of olive leaf extract per day showed a substantial dip in their blood pressure overall, and lowered levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol. The twins who received no supplements showed no significant change in their blood pressure and a smaller improvement in cholesterol.

Traditionally, the olive plant has been used as a: 

  • Diuretic
  • Hypotensive
  • Emollient
  • Laxative
  • Skin cleanser
  • Treatment of urinary infections, gallstones, bronchial asthma and diarrhea 

Most of the plant parts of the olive tree have been used in the traditional system of natural medicine throughout the world, for example: 

Traditional uses of olive leaves include 

  • Orally for stomach and intestinal diseases
  • Chewed as a mouth cleanser
  • Decoctions of the dried fruit and leaves taken orally for diarrhea and to treat urinary tract infections
  • Hot water extract of the fresh leaves taken orally to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to induce urination (diuresis)
  • Hot water extract of the dried plant taken orally for bronchial asthma
  • Infusion of the fresh leaf taken orally as an anti-inflammatory 

Traditional uses of olive oil include 

  • Seed oil taken orally with lemon juice to remove gall stones, and for kidney inflammation associated with lead intoxication
  • Seed oil applied to the scalp nightly to prevent hair loss
  • Seed oil taken orally as a laxative
  • Applied externally as an emollient and skin moisturizer 

Confirmed Heart Health Benefits of Olive Leaf Extracts 

The possibility of a natural agent being able to help prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure is certainly worth noting, especially when you consider the damage that many, if not most, drugs can do. For example, beta-blockers -- a class of drugs frequently prescribed to manage high blood pressure and as cardioprotection after a heart attack -- have been found to cause type 2 diabetes by decreasing your insulin sensitivity.  

As molecular biologist and lead researcher Tania Perrinjaquet-Moccetti stated in the article above, no single ingredient of the olive leaf extract can fully account for its confirmed blood pressure benefits. Rather she attributes the benefits seen in this study to the synergistic blend of various bioactive components of the olive leaf, the most significant of these being a compound called oleuropein.

The cardiovascular benefit of oleuropein is actually not a new discovery. Oleuropein was isolated back in the 1950s by Panizzi et al, who established that it was one of the primary compounds responsible for the bitter taste of the olive fruits and the leaves. They also determined that oleuropein was the active agent responsible for the hypotensive action of the extracts of the olive plant, which acts as an antioxidant and helps relax and dilate your blood vessels.

What this latest research does do, however, is confirm the effectiveness of this traditional remedy and establish an effective dosage: 1,000 mg of olive leaf extract per day.

Participants taking half that amount, or 500 mg/day did not achieve any substantial drop in their blood pressure.

Epidemiological data obtained from other clinical studies indicate that oleuropein may also play a role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases by limiting the formation of arterial plaque, by inhibiting LDL oxidation. Other studies have shown that olive leaf extracts may also possess antispasmodic, vasodilator, and anti-arrhythmic properties. 

The Anti-Viral, Anti-Microbial Benefits of Olive Leaves 

But the usefulness of olive leaf extract doesn’t end there. It has also been found to be a potent broad-spectrum antiviral agent, active against all viruses tested, including: 

  • Rhinovirus
  • Myxoviruses
  • Herpes simplex type 1and 2
  • Herpes zoster
  • Encephalomyocarditis
  • Polio 1, 2 and 3
  • Two strains of leukemia virus
  • Numerous strains of influenza and para-influenza viruses.

One 2005 study published in the journal Antiviral Research proposed that olive leaf extracts could be used as a safe and natural antiviral. Common antiviral uses in the field of natural medicine include fighting colds and flu, yeast infections, and viral infections such as the hard-to-treat Epstein-Barr disease, shingles and herpes. 

In-vitro studies have also established that olive leaf extract is an effective antimicrobial agent against a variety of pathogens that cause intestinal or respiratory infections, including: 

  • Salmonella typhi
  • Vibrio parahaemolyticus
  • Stapholycoccus aureus, including penicillin-resistant strains
  • Klebsiella pneumonia
  • Escherichia coli 

It works by inhibiting the replication process of the pathogens, which disables the infection long enough for your immune system to eliminate it and prevent it from spreading.  

And, if all of that wasn’t enough, olive leaves also have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-diabetic properties; have a beneficial impact on your thyroid; and the ability to inhibit cancer growth.  

Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?  

But then again, maybe it was mentioned in the Bible for good reason. Nature is certainly full of powerful preventative treatments and potential cures for a host of diseases.  

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