Vitamin Department: Olive Leaf Extract

The olive tree is a small evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean region. The leaf of the olive tree has unique medicinal value. It contains oleuropein and various flavonoids.

Treatments made with olive leaf extract have been around for 150 years but it wasn’t until 1957 that the
active ingredient of olive leaf extract, oleuropein, was isolated and studied as a treatment for high blood pressure and other types of heart trouble. In 1970, a hydrolyzed form of oleuropein (calcium elenolate) was tested and found effective against many viruses and bacteria. In these experiments no toxicity was noted.

Actions:

-Halts growth and spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses
-Prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol
-Stimulates phagocytosis (the ability of the immune system to destroy foreign microorganisms that do not
belong in the body)

Benefits:

-Detoxifies and cleanses
-Supports heart health
-Enhances circulation
-Supports the immune system
-Has beneficial effect on cholesterol and blood-sugar levels

Stay healthy! Lois Dickey, Manager

Excerpts from Underground Cures, by HSI