Since Egyptian times the fruit and leaves of the Olive tree have been used to fortify the body and help fight off illness.
The Olive tree produces a phytochemical (phyto means plant in Greek) called oleuropein, a polyphenol (an antioxidant phytochemical) found in the fruit and in higher concentrations in the leaves. Phytochemicals are produced to protect the plant from disease and pests, when we consume and absorb phytochemicals our immune system defences are strengthened.
“The olive tree has been called The Tree of Life. The low incidence of cardiovascular disease in many Mediterranean populations has been attributed to the benefits of an olive-oil rich diet. In investigating the cardiovascular benefits of olive oil and the olive, many researchers have virtually ignored other components of the olive tree which have been shown to inhibit viruses and pathogenic bacteria including herpes, influenza, malaria and of particular interest recently Anthrax, smallpox, botulism and the plague” writes intelegen.com.
10 Amazing Health Benefits of Olive Leaves by Healthy and Natural World
1. Inhibition and prevention of cancer
Olive leaf extract has been shown to have anti melanoma effect in mice. Other studies have also shown protective capabilities against breast cancer.
2. Building bone
A Spanish study from 2011 found that oleuropein stimulates production of bone-building cells, preventing the loss of bone density and fights osteoporosis.
3. Anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties
The oleuropein, and other compound found in olive leaf, have a unique feature that makes the leaves particularly effective in fighting against various micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses.
4. Antioxidant effect
Olive leaf also contains many phenols, antioxidants that neutralize the action of free radicals. Free radicals are active substances that damage the process of creating DNA. A damaged replication of DNA causes our cells to age more rapidly.
5. Anti-inflammatory properties
One of the most common uses of olive leaf is healing various infections in the body. The anti-microbial activity of oleuropein reduces and improves the inflammation.
6. Lowering blood pressure
It has been found that oleuropein is able to relax the blood vessels, lower blood pressure and even prevent the formation of blood clots. In addition, olive leaf also helps to stop irregular heartbeat, improve blood flow in the coronary arteries and balances blood sugar levels.
7. Fighting cholesterol
Olive leaf is able to fight the formation of bad cholesterol (LDL) by preventing its oxidation. This oxidised cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol and is detrimental to our health.
8. Strengthening the immune system
Olive leaves have traditionally been used to enhance the functioning of the immune system. A liquid extract made from fresh olive leaves was shown to have an antioxidant capacity almost double green tea extract and 4 time higher than vitamin C.
9. Medicine against cold
Because olive leaf works excellently against different viruses, it is effective in preventing and treating viral diseases that often have no cure by conventional medicine such as cold, flu and even herpes.
10. Treating other diseases
Since olive leaf works against bacteria, viruses and even against fungal infections, it is effective for treating a wide variety of diseases. The leaves act against malaria, polio, psoriasis, allergies, colds, tuberculosis, various infections (in the lungs, liver, teeth, ears and many others), chronic fatigue and more.
Many plants have amazing properties to help strengthen the immune system and fight all manner of illness and disease. Of these plants, Olive Tree leaves are amongst plant royalty.
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