Health, Recipe

Olive Leaf Extract- Why it’s so incredible.

Hello again guys, I hope you’re well and having a great week so far. I can’t believe it’s Friday and St. Patrick’s Day! I’m Irish so have been feeling a bit homesick today but have made the most of it and even had a cheeky little Guinness earlier to celebrate!

Firstly, I apologise for not posting sooner. I genuinely thought I’d have this post up last Sunday but I just didn’t get around to it. I’m currently doing a parasite cleanse at the moment and I’m now on day 12 out of 30. Last Saturday night was tough going as I ended up feeling extremely nauseous and vomiting for most of the night so I spent Sunday in bed just resting and watching films. I know it was just a detox reaction and actually shows that the cleanse is really clearing things which is great. I’m finally feeling much better today but still going to take it a little easier than usual for the next couple of days. I’ll be writing a blog on my experience with parasite cleansing soon so will speak more about what it is and why most people can benefit from doing it so be sure to check back if you’re interested.

Disclaimer: Please check with your doctor or healthcare provider before trying this supplement. Especially is you are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffer from any medical condition. I’m not a qualified healthcare professional and the information provided is just based on my opinion. I am not diagnosing or attempting to treat any health issue.

Ok, enough about cleansing. Today’s post is about one of my favourite supplements, Olive Leaf Extract. Olive trees, called Olea Europaea are evergreen trees native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa. The olive leaf itself was first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt with the Egyptians believing it had heavenly powers.

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Oleuropein is the active ingredient in olive leaf and numerous studies have shown it to produce many health benefits within the body. I have described these benefits in detail below:

1. Antimicrobial:

Olive leaf extract (OLE) either inhibits the production of or destroys a wide range of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses. The antimicrobial effect of OLE was demonstrated in a study where it proved effective at killing almost all the bacteria and fungi tested including E-coli and Candida albicans (Markin et al 2003). This indicates that OLE may be useful in treating bacterial and fungal infections such as seborrhoeic dermatitis (dandruff) and tinea pedis (athlete’s foot.) The results of another study (Sudjana et al 2009) showed that OLE was particularly effective against H. Pylori, C. Jejuni, S. Aureus and MRSA. Therefore, it may have a role to play regarding the regulation of gut flora in the body, which in turn could have a beneficial effect on the digestive system, immune system and overall health of an individual. In regards to viruses, a study by (Gong et al 2011) has shown OLE to be successful at inhibiting acute infection and cell to cell transmission of the HIV-1 virus. In addition, A patent from the US (Fredrickson WR et al 2000) indicates that oleuropein has a potent antiviral action. Results from several studies have shown it to be effective against herpes mononucleosis, hepatitis virus, rotavirus, bovine rhinovirus, canine parvovirus, and feline leukemia virus.

2. Antioxidant:

Olive leaf extract is a powerful antioxidant meaning it neutralises free radicals in the body. Free radicals are unstable molecules produced during the process of oxidation as they contain at least one unpaired electron meaning they are extremely reactive and can cause cellular and tissue damage. This can lead to accelerated ageing and contribute to a wide range of health problems such as cancer, atherosclerosis and inflammatory joint disease to name a few. Antioxidants help to combat the negative effects of free radicals by preventing the process of oxidation, they do this by donating an electron to the free radical and thus converting it into a harmless molecule. Wojcikowski et al (2007) carried out a study to test the antioxidant capacity of 55 herbs with the results showing olive leaf to have one of the highest antioxidant activity levels out of the herbs tested.

3. Anti-Inflammatory:

Olive leaf extract has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Such effects would be similar to that of NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen. Oleuropein has been shown to prevent the production of cytokines; proteins that regulate the  inflammatory response (Barbaro et al 2017). This could be beneficial for the management of certain health conditions such as arthritis. One study conducted by China’s Dalian Medical University in 2012 showed that OLE significantly reduced swelling in the paws of rats with arthritis (Gong et al 2012).

4. Anti- Cancer:

Oleuropein has been proven to be a potent anti-cancer compound. Hamdi and Castellon (2005) conducted a study that showed oleuropein caused complete regression of tumours in rats over a 9-11 day period. Another study conducted by Elamin et al 2013, showed oleuropein to be cytotoxic to breast cancer cells through the mechanism of apoptosis as well as inhibiting cell proliferation, once again showing it to be effective against cancer.

5. Anti- Atherogenic:

Studies have shown OLE to be effective against the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries.) Once such study by Wang et al (2008) showed that OLE supressed the inflammatory response and inhibited the development of atherosclerosis in rabbits tested. Subsequently a study by Carluccio et al (2003) showed that polyphenols in olive oil, and olive leaf contribute to the prevention of atherosclerosis. This means that OLE may be a useful supplement to aid in cardiovasular health.

As you can see, olive leaf extract provides wonderful health benefits which is why I use it regularly and always make sure to have a back-up supply on my supplement shelf. I take it to strengthen my immune system, especially during colder months or periods of high stress. I have found it to be wonderful at helping to restore my strength and vitality after taking Accutane (if you’d like to know more, please read Accutane- The Life Changer Part I and II). The lymph nodes in my neck used to be constantly swollen and they have now gone down since I started supplementing with OLE. Also, this past winter I really noticed that I picked up way less cold type symptoms compared to others around me.

Personally, I take OLE in capsule form. To make sure it’s potent I read the ingredients and look for a supplement that contains 100% olive leaf without fillers or binders added. As a maintenance dose I take 1000mg daily but if I have symptoms I take about 3000mg daily. The brand I use is Tigon and I have always found it to be extremely effective. I won’t lie, this supplement is expensive. I pay £27 for 60 capsules (each capsule contains 500mg olive leaf.) In my opinion it is totally worth the money and I rank it in my top three supplements. I always pack a bottle when I travel too as I find it helps to keep my immune system healthy when I’m overtired and stressed.

Another way I supplement with olive leaf is in the form of tea. I’ll leave the recipe below incase you’re interested in trying it:

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Olive Leaf Tea Recipe

Ingredients:
Dried olive leaves
Boiled Water

Equipment:
Pestle and mortar
Strainer

Method:

1. Take a few dried olive leaves (about 12 per person.)

2. Grind them up using the pestle and mortar.

3. Add the powder to a mug and add boiled water.

4. Brew for 8 minutes and then strain.

5. Drink and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s content. I’ll be posting again in a few days time and definitely won’t be leaving it as long again!

Hope you all have a blessed and happy weekend,

Becky

References:

Barbaro, Barbara et al. “Effects Of The Olive-Derived Polyphenol Oleuropein On Human Health”. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 15.10 (2014): 18508-18524. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Carluccio, M. A. “Olive Oil And Red Wine Antioxidant Polyphenols Inhibit Endothelial Activation: Antiatherogenic Properties Of Mediterranean Diet Phytochemicals”. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 23.4 (2003): 622-629. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

Elamin, Maha H. et al. “Olive Oil Oleuropein Has Anti-Breast Cancer Properties With Higher Efficiency On ER-Negative Cells”. Food and Chemical Toxicology 53 (2013): 310-316. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

Fredrickson WR. F and S Group, Inc. Method and Composition for Antiviral Therapy with Olive Leaves. U.S. Patent. 2000;6:117–884.

Gong, Dezheng et al. “Mechanisms Of Olive Leaf Extract-Ameliorated Rat Arthritis Caused By Kaolin And Carrageenan”. Phytotherapy Research (2011): n/a-n/a. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Hamdi, Hamdi K. and Raquel Castellon. “Oleuropein, A Non-Toxic Olive Iridoid, Is An Anti-Tumor Agent And Cytoskeleton Disruptor”. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 334.3 (2005): 769-778. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

Lee-Huang, Sylvia et al. “Anti-HIV Activity Of Olive Leaf Extract (OLE) And Modulation Of Host Cell Gene Expression By HIV-1 Infection And OLE Treatment”. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 307.4 (2003): 1029-1037. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

Markin, D., L. Duek, and I. Berdicevsky. “In Vitro Antimicrobial Activity Of Olive Leaves. Antimikrobielle Wirksamkeit Von Olivenblattern In Vitro”. Mycoses 46.3-4 (2003): 132-136. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Sudjana, Aurelia N. et al. “Antimicrobial Activity Of Commercial Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract”. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 33.5 (2009): 461-463. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

Wang, Lihui et al. “The Anti-Atherosclerotic Effect Of Olive Leaf Extract Is Related To Suppressed Inflammatory Response In Rabbits With Experimental Atherosclerosis”. European Journal of Nutrition 47.5 (2008): 235-243. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

Wojcikowski, Ken et al. “Antioxidant Capacity Of 55 Medicinal Herbs Traditionally Used To Treat The Urinary System: A Comparison Using A Sequential Three-Solvent Extraction Process”. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 13.1 (2007): 103-110. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

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