For many generations, the olive leaf has been a symbol of peace and prosperity. We have all read and heard about the many health benefits of olive oil, but very little of the advantages of olive leaves. Recent research shows that the extract made from olive leaves can cure and protect us from various diseases and symptoms.
The phytochemicals (“plant chemicals”) in plants protect them from parasites and maladies. By consuming the plants, our bodies absorb the phytochemicals that protect us from the same hazards. One of these phytochemicals is called Oleuropein, which is present in olive leaves.
The ten important health benefits of olive leaves are:
- Help prevent or slow down the development of cancer
Findings from a study conducted in 2010-2011 show that the active ingredient in olive leaves can slow down the development of cancer cells in women who suffer from breast cancer, as well as slow down the development of Melanoma in cells of mice.
- Encourage bone formation
In a study conducted in Spain in 2011, researchers discovered that the Oleuropein found in olive oils encourages the production of osteoblasts – large cells responsible for the development of the bone – which prevent osteoporosis and a decrease in bone mass.
- Fight against bacterial and viral infections
Oleuropein is especially useful in fighting against micro-organisms such as viruses and bacteria. It transforms into elenolic acid in the body, which stops the reproduction of amino acids in viruses and bacteria, thus preventing them from multiplying and spreading.
- Prevent aging
Free radicals can damage the skin by disrupting the process of DNA formation. Olive leaves are rich in phenols, antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and help revitalize our skin.
- Reduce inflammation
Oleuropein’s ability to fight against germs can cure infections and relieve inflammation.
- Lower blood pressure
Researchers found that oleuropein can also improve blood circulation and prevent blood clotting. Olive leaves can also help balance your blood sugar levels by improving the activity of the liver insulin receptors.
- Fight against cholesterol
Olive leaves are known for their ability to stop the formation of LDL (bad cholesterol) by preventing oxidation.
- Reinforce the immune system
The phytochemicals found in olive leaves support the activity of Vitamin C, which is essential to our immune system.
- Cure infections
As part of its antiviral activity, olive leaf extract can cure viral infections such as herpes and influenza.
And many more…
Since olive leaves have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, they can also help in cases of malaria, allergies, psoriasis, CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and more.
Source: Baba-Mail Health