10 Health Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract
Last updated on August 6, 2011
Olive leaf extract is a strong, natural antiviral and antibacterial substance that is being used more often for many different types of medical conditions. Here are ten health benefits of olive leaf extract.
Immune System Support
Because of the antiviral and antibacterial properties of olive leaf extract, your body will be more able to fight off illness and disease when you are using this extract on a regular basis. If you are starting to get sick, try using olive leaf extract to decrease your recovery time and the severity of symptoms.
Olive leaf extract contains flavonoids, which have been found to have strong anti-inflammatory benefits. When you decrease inflammation in your body, you can decrease the symptoms of multiple health conditions including arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and chronic pain.
Olive leaf extract is a natural anti-viral agent and is being studied for possible benefits in the treatment of HIV infection and other viruses.
It has been found that olive leaf extract can decrease blood cholesterol levels and also decrease high blood pressure levels. Maintaining healthy cholesterol and blood pressure is an important element in preventing heart disease and heart attacks.
Cancer Treatment and Prevention
Olive leaf extract contains compounds that work to reduce free radical activity within your body, which in turn will help you to prevent cancer. The antioxidants that are found within this extract scavenge to find free radicals and they are then removed from your body. Lower levels of free radicals means that you will have lower levels of cancerous cell growth.
Digestive System Support
Olive leaf extract is a natural diuretic, which means that it can help you to reduce water and toxin retention in the body. Additionally, this extract improves digestion and it prevents infections and irritations in the digestive tract.
Herpes and Shingles
Several studies have shown that olive leaf extract inhibits or destroys all forms of the herpes virus, including herpes I and II and herpes zoster (shingles).
Fights Yeast Infections
Research has found that olive leaf extract is effective against Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections.
Urinary Tract Infections
Olive leaf extract has been found to be effective against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, one of the bacteria which causes urinary tract infections and pneumonia. This is important because Pseudomonas aeruginosa is known to have low susceptibility to antibiotics.
Olive leaf has been found to be beneficial in fighting dental infections.