A fresh leaf on life
With the modern world taking its toll on our overall health and wellbeing, more and more research is being conducted on the way diet and lifestyle can help us manage some of the stressors that lead to disease.
The Mediterranean Diet has been the focus of many of these studies. As a basic guide, the diet includes high levels of fruit and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, small amounts of meat and dairy, and copious amounts of olive oil. Historically the rates of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers and incidences of conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are particularly low in areas where this diet is predominant.
This ‘coincidence’ sparked an interest in the role that plant polyphenols, particularly Oleuropein and Hydroxytyrosol, play in making olive oil one of the stars of the Mediterranean Diet.
After much research was conducted in to the various aspects of olives, it was discovered that olive leaves contain much higher amounts of these valuable polyphenols than the purest virgin olive oil.
Olive Leaf Australia has recently introduced two new fresh picked Olive Leaf formulations to specifically help maintain both cardiovascular health and normal blood sugar levels in healthy people.
Olive Leaf Extract Extra Strength Cardiovascular Support contains 50% more Oleuropein than in our standard variants. We do this by a process of careful blending – we do not use isolated powdered Oleuropein – so the formula contains increased levels of the full fresh leaf profile. Research has shown that the full profile of all of the plant polyphenols work together in synergy to give us greater health benefits. This means that not only do you get 33mg (or 50% more) guaranteed Oleuropein, but you are also getting higher levels of all of the other beneficial polyphenols like Hydroxytyrosol and Caffeic Acid.
A recent trial by the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has shown that fresh Olive Leaf Extract helped to maintain normal blood glucose levels in healthy individuals. Males who were pre-diabetic and not on any medications were given a specially formulated olive leaf extract. The formula – Olive Leaf Extract Blood Sugar Support – improved the way insulin was secreted and how it worked in overweight men. Insulin that does not work effectively can lead to diabetes. We have since released this formula to our customers.