Olive (Olea europaea L.) is one of the oldest known cultivated plant tree species. The wild olive tree is an evergreen, prolonged species, extensive as a native plant in the Mediterranean province. The olive leaf is a robust and slightly bitter tasting leaf derived from olive trees. This sanctified tree is an affluent source of important nutrients and bioactive of remedial and therapeutic interest. Olive Leaf contains an active ingredient called oleuropein. This nutrient is thought to be anti-inflammatory, contain antioxidants, and help with lowering blood pressure.
Benefits of Olive Leaf:
- Anti-inflammatory- oleuropein elicits anti-inflammatory effects by lipoxygenase activity
- Anti-viral- Oleuropein also possesses a well-documented antiviral activity.Its efficacy against hemorrhagic septicemia rhabdovirus, hepatitis B virus and human immunodeficiency virus was demonstrated. The beneficial effect of oleuropein against VHSV is exerted through a virucidal effect, reducing virus infectivity and avoiding cell-to-cell fusion of uninfected cells.
- Antioxidant properties- Oleuropein’s antioxidant potential is mainly related to its ability to improve radical stability through the formation of an intramolecular hydrogen bond between the free hydrogen of the hydroxyl group and its phenoxyl radicals
- Lower blood pressure and obesity- Olive leaves are rich in polyphenols, of which the most abundant phenolic compound is oleuropein. Previous studies that reported remarkable effects of olive polyphenols or oleuropein for antiobesity  and glucose metabolism improvement
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“Olive leaf tree is one of the most common, traditional herbal teas used among Mediterranean people to cure certain diseases. The phenolic compounds present in olive leaves, especially the oleuropein, are associated to antioxidant, antihypertensive, hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic and cardioprotective activity.” Source: A Review: Benefit and Bioactive Properties of Olive (Olea Europaea L.) Leaves
“the polyphenols present in olive leaves, olives, virgin (unrefined) olive oil and olive mill waste are potent antioxidant and radical scavengers with anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties.” Source: Effects of the Olive-Derived Polyphenol Oleuropein on Human Health
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