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Olive Leaves have a long history of use as a herbal tonic to support cardiovascular function…
Olive leaves have been traditionally used to enhance functioning of the immune system…
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Cardiovascular Support

FRESH LEAVES FOR HEART HEALTH

Olive leaves have a long history of use as a herbal tonic to support cardiovascular function. Here naturopath Jayne Tancred explains that their traditional reputation may be at least partially due to its beneficial effects on the blood vessels.

In the same way that a blockage in your car’s fuel line can cause a catastrophe for the engine, constriction or poor function of the blood vessels can lead to serious trouble for your heart. When you get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, it’s actually your blood vessel health that’s being measured – and this in turn gives an indication of the likelihood that you’ll develop heart problems. The amount of cholesterol in your blood (and specifically the amount of LDL-cholesterol, which is sometimes referred to as ‘bad’ cholesterol) helps predict whether your blood vessels are likely to be affected by atherosclerosis (arterial plaque that narrows and stiffens the blood vessels), while your blood pressure is a measure of how much resistance your heart is pushing against when it’s pumping the blood around your body.

Here at Olive Leaf Australia, we recommend the use of olive leaf extract at doses consistent with those used in traditional medicine to help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and normal heart function. We’re not recommending that you increase your dosage above those levels (unless advised to do so by your healthcare professional), and we’re certainly not advocating that you stop taking your prescribed medicine.

Nevertheless, it’s interesting to note that in clinical studies, high doses of olive leaf extract have been shown to help reduce elevated LDL-cholesterol levels 1 and assisting maintenance of normal blood pressure 2 3.

Additionally, new research recently published in the European Journal of Nutrition4 indicates that olive leaf extract may help to reduce cardiovascular health risk factors. Find out more on this research and how it may assist improve your wellbeing.

Amongst other mechanisms of action, it’s likely that olive leaves’ potent antioxidant properties are contributing to these effects 5 6 7 , especially as both LDL-cholesterol molecules and the blood vessels themselves are highly susceptible to free radical damage, which can exacerbate the already significant issues associated with having high cholesterol. Preliminary research suggests that compounds in olive leaf may also help by assisting normal platelet aggregation 8 , which may in turn play a role in helping to prevent the formation of clots.

Research into the cardiovascular properties of olive leaves is continuing, and it may be many years before we fully understand the health potential of this truly remarkable medicine. However, taken together, the actions of olive leaves and their constituents discussed above represent a plausible validation of their traditional use in the Mediterranean region, where they’ve long been used to support heart function.

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IMMUNE SUPPORT

Olive leaves have been traditionally used to enhance functioning of the immune system and aid the management of viral infections, especially when fever is present.

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ANTIOXIDANT POWER

With 400% more antioxidant power than the equivalent amount of Vitamin C, Olive Leaf Extract is a powerful free-radical scavenger.

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100% NATURAL

Our fresh picked olive leaf extracts contain no alcohol, sugar, starch, yeast or gluten. No artificial flavours, colourings or preservatives

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  2. PERRINJAQUET-MOCETTI T ET AL. Food supplementation with an Olive (Olea europaea L.) leaf extract reduces blood pressure in borderline hypertensive monozygotic twins. Phytotherapy Research 2008;22:1239-1242
  3. CHERIF, S ET AL. A clinical trial of a titrated Olea extract in the treatment of essential arterial hypertension. J Pharm Belg 1996, 5, 2, 69-71
  4. LOCKYER S, ET AL. Impact of phenolic-rich olive leaf extract on blood pressure, plasma lipids and inflammatory markers: a randomised controlled trial. European J. of Nutrition, 1-12, March 2016. Available via http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00394-016-1188-y
  5. SINGH I, ET AL. The effects of polyphenols in olive leaves on platelet function. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2008;18(2):127-32.
  6. JEMAI H, ET AL. Lipid-lowering and antioxidant effects of hydroxytyrosol and its triacetylated derivative recovered from olive tree leaves in cholesterol-fed rats. J Agric Food Chem. 2008;56(8):2630-6
  7. JEMAI H ET AL. Hypolipidimic and antioxidant activities of oleuropein and its hydrolysis derivative-rich extracts from Chemlali olive leaves. Chemico_Biological Interactions 2008 Nov 25;176(2-3):88-98
  8. SINGH I, ET AL. The effects of polyphenols in olive leaves on platelet function. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2008;18(2):127-32.