On the Benefits of Olive Leaf Tea

Olive Leaf Tea and Extract

Brewing olive leaves as a tea is a simple and delicious way to benefit from the many healing properties of olive leaf extract. Olive leaves (Olea Europaea) were first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt. Today’s reported benefits of olive leaf extract range from promoting increased energy and healthy blood pressure, to supporting the cardiovascular and immune systems.

Many people who live stressful lives, or who may be particularly susceptible to colds and viruses, may benefit from long-term use of olive leaf extract as a preventive agent.

Active Ingredient

The primary active compounds in olive leaf extract are the antioxidants oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol. Olive leaf extract has an antioxidant capacity almost double the capacity of green tea extract, and 400% higher than vitamin C.

Oleuropein has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, and is therefore beneficial to the treatment for conditions caused by, or associated with virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan. Among these treatable conditions are: influenza, the common cold, candida infections, meningitis, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles (Herpes zoster), HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, severe diarrhea, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections.

Specific Indications

High Blood Pressure:  Olive leaf extract reduces blood pressure and provides other arterial and vascular benefits.

Diabetes:  Olive leaf extract lowers blood sugar.

Arthritis:  The antioxidants in olive leaf extract prevent and treat many kinds of arthritis, including gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.