SPANISH ANDALUSIAN OLIVE LEAF
Antioxidant, Immune Supporter, Virus Inhibitor By Herbalist Scott Bias, Founder and Formulator, Paradise Herbs, Inc.
People have long used olive leaf for its medicinal properties in treating a wide range of disorders. In 1854, the Pharmaceutical Journal sited a report by Daniel Hanbury that boiling olive leaves would cure malaria and fever. This became a well-known treatment for sick Britons returning home from tropical colonies. It was thought that the bitter compound in the leaf, oleuropein, was the key healing agent. Scientists have found that this robust bitter substance known as oleuropein makes the olive tree highly resistant against bacterial and insect damage. In 1962, an Italian researcher reported that oleuropein lowered blood pressure. This triggered a number of scientific interests in the olive leaf. Around this time, a Dutch researcher determined the active ingredient in oleuropein to be a substance he called “elenolic acid”. It was found to have powerful anti-bacterial activity. By the late 1960’s, research by scientists at Upjohn, a major American pharmaceutical company, showed that elenolic acid also inhibited the growth of viruses. In fact, it stopped every virus that it was tested against. The substance was also found to counteract a variety of viruses associated with the common cold.
Moreover, a number of experiments found that the substance was highly safe, nontoxic and was strongly effective against not just viruses, but bacteria and protozoans. Recent research, primarily in Europe, has found oleuropein concentrated olive leaf extracts to inactivate bacteria by dissolving the outer lining of microbes. At the University of Milan Pharmacological Sciences, researchers found that oleuropein inhibited oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol involved in heart and arterial disease. This suggests that oleuropein may contain powerful antioxidant properties similar to other phytonutrient compounds. Summary of Benefits: From research and clinical experience to date, we can say that olive leaf extract may be beneficial for conditions caused by or associated with a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan. Among such conditions are influenza, candida, the common cold, meningitis, Epstein-Barr, encephalitis, herpes 1 and 2, human herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles, HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, bacteremia, severe diarrhea, blood poisoning and dental, ear, urinary and surgical infections. Today, clinical use of olive leaf extract is quite popular for a wide variety of infectious and chronic conditions. It is thought that many people who lead stressful lives, or who may be particularly susceptible to colds and viruses, may benefit from long-term use of olive leaf extract. It is not uncommon to see improvements in other areas as well. One clinic suggests patients have reported improved psoriasis, normalization of arrhythmias (heart beat irregularities), hypertension and less pain from hemorrhoids, toothaches and chronic joint aches and fatigue. This information is for educational purposes only. * This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.