If you're reading this, you've probably heard some of the health benefits of olive leaf extract. It's not often that one supplement can heal a wide array of health conditions and ailments. Here are some facts about olive leaf extract in this Q&A article.
Q: What is olive leaf extract good for?
A: It is a natural anti-oxidant found in the leaves of the olive tree. Its active ingredient is oleuropein which is has multiple benefits ranging from being an antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. Because of oleuropein inside the extract, it can be used to treat the common cold, the flu, yeast infections, fungal growth and more.
Q: How does olive leaf help your heart?
A: Studies reveal that people who took this supplement for high blood pressure and cholesterol had dropped their levels as high as 35% over the course of 3 months. Because olive it is a strong anti-oxidant, it may prevent bad cholesterol from oxidation and sticking to your arteries. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect which leads to your blood vessels being dilated.
Q: What are the other olive leaf extract uses?
A: There are also other uses for this extract as well. People have used it to help control their blood sugar. It seems oleuropein helps cells absorb glucose, which in turn lowers the levels in your blood stream. People have also applied the extract to inflamed skin, infections and fungal growth and saw improved results in their condition or even better, their skin problem being treated.
Q: What about olive leaf toxicity? What are the side effects?
A: The extract is very safe to take. You can take it as a supplement every day without any problems. There is an exception. Olive leaf extract and blood pressure is one area that you need to be aware of. Because it is known to lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar, people who already have low blood pressure or low levels of blood sugar should not take this supplement.
There are no side effects of taking this supplement. However, some people may experience a "die-off" effect which is when you may feel taking this supplement is making your symptoms worse. This happens because your body is going through a detoxification. Should this happen you should take a few days off and start again with a decreased dose.
Q: How do I take it and how much of it do I take?
A: You can take olive leaf extract in either pill or liquid form. Usually the doses are 500 mg in a pill and the extract liquid form can be added to water or tea. Only a drop will be enough per glass. It is recommended you take 2-3 servings per day for supplementation and as much as 4-6 times a day for serious ailments.