Olive Leaf Extract
Science has long pursued the phytochemical or phytonutrient world witplants to uncover their amazing medicinal properties. Lately, studies have shown discovery after discovery of natural compounds with promising health and medical potential. Some of these phytonutrients stimulate the production of anti-cancer enzymes in the body, while others bind and neutralize certain carcinogenic chemicals. Others have shown antioxidant effects, protecting the body from oxidation damage. Some experts say these compounds may offer the best defense against the diseases that plague us today. With time, these phytonutrients, in the form of supplements or medical preparations, may play a major role in anti-aging medicine and how we prevent and treat disease.
The ancient Egyptians regarded olive leaf as a symbol of heavenly power, and in keeping with that belief, they extracted its oil and used it to mummify their kings. Later cultures found the leaf was better utilized for the living than the dead. Over the ages, there is documentation that it was a popular folk remedy for combating fevers. The first formal medical mention of the olive leaf -- an account describing its ability to cure severe cases of fever and malaria -- occurred about 150 years ago.
"Olive leaf extract is not a single magic-bullet. There are very few such things, especially in non-pharmaceutical medicine. In many cases it takes a whole lot more than just one ingredient to get over a particular condition. Yet I find it a very valuable addition against chronic fatigue syndrome and many other viral conditions, especially those that are more tenacious. It fills a hole that we haven't been able to fill before."
- Arnold Takemoto, Biochemist
Decades later, scientists isolated a bitter substance from the olive leaf, and named it Oleuropein. It was found to be one ingredient in a compound produced by the olive tree that makes it particularly robust and resistant against insect and bacterial damage. Research suggests that olive leaf extract may be a "true anti-viral" compound because it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. It then appears to offer healing effects not addressed by pharmaceutical antibiotics. From research and clinical trials to date, supplemental olive leaf extract may be beneficial in the treatment for conditions caused by or associated with a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan.
Olive leaf's potential benefits may include:
- An ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses.
- An ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses by preventing virus shredding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane.
- An ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication
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