The olive tree or otherwise known as the Immortal Tree, the Tree of Life, and the King of the Trees has been used for centuries due to its ability to teat various ailments. In 1854, the olive tree officially entered into the field of medicine, and it has been widely used ever since.
Nowadays, the olive leaf is considered to be a potent elixir having the ability to treat and prevent many common diseases. Olive leaves contain an active ingredient called oleuropein, which offers numerous benefits for the body and the overall health.
Health Benefits of the Olive Leaf
Acts as prevention and treatment of diabetes
According to recent statistics half of all Americans either suffer from diabetes or are at risk getting this disease. Researchers from Greece made an analysis on olive leaf extract and came to the conclusion that it has the ability to lower the body’s production of advanced glycation end products. If the body contains high level of these products, then it is at major risk of getting diabetes.
Diabetics can get great benefit from its use as the olive leaf extract shows a hyperglycemic effect, meaning it decreases the blood sugar levels in the body.
It Treats Infections
Dr. Ronald Hoffman maintains that there is much evidence confirming the ability of olive leaf to successfully fight off the following ailments:
Herpes 1 & 2
According to Dr. Hoffman the use of olive leaf on daily basis for a longer period of time can be extremely beneficial for people more prone to viruses. The olive leaf is an inflammatory compound which can enhance body’s ability to fight against the major causes of illness.
The olive leaf can be purchased in a whole form in order to prepare a tea or you can use the extract form for a more powerful, concentrated dose.
It Regulates Blood Pressure
As per performed study on oleuropein, researchers discovered that it substantially lowered the participants’ high blood pressure. In just 8 weeks the oleuropein got their readings from 137 mmHg to 126 mmHg (systolic) and from 80 mmHg to 76 mmHg (diastolic). According to researchers olive leaf extract is efficient by “inhibiting angiotensin-converting enzyme.”
In other words, olive leaf extract relaxes the artery walls and lowers the blood pressure so the risk of having a stroke or other heart-related issue is significantly reduced.
It Prevents Alzheimer’s
Remember the advanced glycation end products which can cause diabetes, well they are as well as the key factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
However, the powerful compound of olive leaf, the oleuropein, eradicates advanced glycation end products which significantly reduce the chances of developing an Alzheimer’s disease.
Plus, the oleuropein is a potent antioxidant, which is important because oxidative damage is another major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
In the video below Dr. Richard Becker presents several more benefits of using olive leaf.