Olive Leaf Extract
Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, are just some of the labels that identify this herb and its many healing powers. Olive trees have been cultivated for over 3,000 years. The Egyptians regarded olive leaf as a symbol of heavenly power. The winners of the original Greek Olympics were crowned with a wreath of olive leaves as their reward. The first formal medical mention of the olive leaf was an account describing its ability to cure severe cases of fever and malaria some 150 years ago.
In 1854, Hanbury published an article in the Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial Transactions relating that a “decoction of the leaves” of the olive tree had been found to be extremely effective in reducing fevers due to a severe, and otherwise often fatal, disease malaria that had swept the island of Mytelene in 18431. The olive leaf extract was reported subsequently to be more effective in its fever-lowering properties than quinine.
Late in the 19th century, scientists working with olive leaf’s medicinal properties isolated a phenolic compound they assigned the name “oleuropein”. Most researchers at this time considered oleuropein most responsible for olive leaf’s therapeutic abilities. In the 1960’s Italian researchers reported that oleuropein lowered blood pressure in animals.
Upjohn in the late 1960’s was able to isolate ilinolic acid (an isolate of oleuropein) and found that it was so powerful that it stopped every virus that it was tested against including the common cold in humans. Here are some of the viruses that Upjohn found olive leaf extract is effective against: herpes, vaccinia, pseudorabies, Newcastle, Coxsacloe A21, encepthlomyscarditis, polio 1,2,and 3, vesicular stomititus, sindbis, retrovirus, Moloney Murine leukemia, Rauscher Murine leukemia, Moloney sarcoma, and many influenza and parainfluenza types.
Back to oleuropein, three studies using this isolate. The first study at the University of Granada discovered that oleuropein from the olive leaf can promote relaxation of arterial walls thereby reducing hypertension. The second study determined that oleuropein may be able to inactivate bacteria by dissolving the outer lining of individual cells. The third study from the University of Milan found that oleuropein inhibited oxidation of low-density lipoproteins, the “bad cholesterol” involved in the formation of various types of heart disease.
Effective against fever and helpful for nervous tension; great immune booster and viral/bacterial killer. Researchers credit a number of unique properties possessed by the olive leaf compound for the broad killing power: An ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses. An ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane. The ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication in the case of retroviruses, it is able to neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase and protease (An enzyme found in retroviruses that enable the virus to make DNA from viral RNA). These enzymes are essential for a retrovirus, such as HIV, to alter the RNA of a healthy cell. It can stimulate phagocytosis, an immune system response in which immune cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter. Also increases blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieves arrhythmias, and prevents intestinal muscle spasms.
Summary of conditions for which olive leaf extract acts as a
microbial and anti-viral agent:
The die off effect is desirable as it indicates that the body is being cleared of these hazardous microbes. Anyone who experiences these unpleasant effects generally feels fabulously well afterwards many times better than ever before.
If you feel the effects and you would like to minimize them, there are some easy things you can do. Many physicians recommend that an individual consume plenty of water in between usages of the product. Water keeps the lymphatic system and the kidneys functioning properly and more capable of handling the excess toxins. Another way to reduce the effects is to cut back on the dose of extract that you are taking or go off it completely for a day or two before slowly increasing the dose once again. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week to completely rid the body of the excess toxins.