The amazing health benefits of the olive leaf have been known to man since the early Egyptians but it lost favor through the years. The age-old treatment is now back in the limelight again. The early Egyptians used it as part of the mummification process and scientists now understand the part it played. Olive leaves are high in an extract known as oleuropein. This ingredient has high antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic
and antifungal properties. The process of decay requires bacteria for the second stage of decomposition and the oil of the olive leaf didn’t allow the bacteria to grow.
Even teas and poultices made from the olive leaf were used through the centuries for cures. You’ve probably heard of the use of quinine to cure malaria but did you know that olive leaf extracts were found superior to quinine for the cure of not only malaria but also dengue fever. That fact was known long before 1906 but the physicians of the time found quinine administration was far easier.
Today’s antibiotics are powerful but they have no effect on viruses. The name itself anti-against and bio-life also indicates the toll that antibiotics take on healthy cells in the body. Olive leaf extract shows no negative effects and yet it fights not only bacteria but also fungus and virus. It may even prove invaluable for treating the retrovirus HIV. The olive leaf extract causes the production of the enzymes necessary for the virus to change the RNA to be neutralized.
Other viruses like herpes also succumb to the powerful effects of the olive leaf extract. While research continues on the drug, individuals report remarkable results where traditional medications were unable to help.
Early studies on olive leaf extract found it worked well and had little or no side effects. However, there was a problem. The compound bounds rapidly to the blood protein and made it ineffective. Continued testing and research found a method of combining ingredients to overcome the problem of binding to the blood protein so that the active ingredient in olive leaf can work its magic.
Some of the indications for use of the olive leaf extract include most diseases that come from a virus, bacterium, a retrovirus or protozoa. These include such conditions as the flue, meningitis, encephalitis, herpes of all forms, HIV, hepatitis, pneumonia, blood poisoning, dental carries, the common cold, urinary tract infections, TB, malaria and even chronic fatigue syndrome. People report that it helps allergic symptoms, gives them energy, stops painful joint ache, normalizes the heartbeat and relieves the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
Besides its ability to fight tiny predators, it also was proven in 1962 to lower the blood pressure in animals. Later, European studies found it effective in the prevention of muscle spasms in the intestines and heart arrhythmia. The olive tree will soon be known for more than just its fruit. With continued study of the amazing health benefits of the olive leaf, we may find a natural alternative to traditional medicine that causes no harm in its attempt to cure.