Supplement focus- Olive leaf extract

Lately, I've been taking -  olive leaf extract

IMPORTANT - as with any supplement see your doctor before taking olive leaf extract if you are on any medication.  Especially do not take it if you are pregnant, have low blood pressure or diabetes. Also be aware that with some conditions, for example candida albicans overgrowth, you may experience a worsening of symptoms initially as the pathogens (fungi in this case) die and release toxins.  You may experience nausea, headaches, diarrhoea, muscle or joint pain etc. Drink plenty if this happens and take plenty of rest.  You may need to reduce the dose.  Once the 'die off' is complete you should feel much better than before!

As you may know, I like to keep my immune system boosted.  Recently I have been taking olive leaf extract, the active ingredient in which is oleuropein, for its immune boosting benefits.  Alright here's the science bit - one of the ways olive leaf extract stimulates immunity is by enhancing phagocytosis, that is where your immune cells 'swallow' invading organisms such as viruses, bacteria etc.  This means that it not only can help prevent colds and flu but also can help with candida albacans overgrowth and associated conditions such as fibromyalgia. Olive leaf extract also boosts immunity by preventing viruses and bacteria multiplying and causing problems in your body.  The beauty of olive leaf extract however is that it does not destroy 'good' gut bacteria which gives it an advantage over conventional antibiotics.
Olive leaf extract is not a new supplement - it was even mentioned in the Bible!
'The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine' (Ezekiel 47:12)

But there's more benefits too such as:-

  • Olive leaf extract is rich in antioxidants.  Antioxidants 'mop up' free radicals which are produced as a result of everything that's going on in your body, even breathing.  These nasty molecules 'attack' your cells and the effect is aging (more science - sorry!).  So in effect, the antioxidants are your armoury against the enemy of aging.  
  • Olive leaf extract is good for your heart health.  It helps prevent blood vessel damage.  If a blood vessel becomes damaged, a plaque forms on it (like a 'sticking plaster') and this can lead to narrowing of the blood vessel or even a blockage. In this way olive leaf extract can maintain a healthy blood pressure. Olive leaf extract also reduces elevated LDL cholesterol (the cholesterol 'baddie') lowering the risk of blockages.
  • Another benefit which I am really interested in, is the effect olive leaf extract has on bone health. Most of us suffer some bone loss as we age but olive leaf extract can actually increase the number of osteoblasts, which make bone.  There's more - olive leaf extract can also stimulate the activity of the osteoblasts.
  • You might be interested to know that olive leaf extract can help you lose weight!  It does this by increasing the production of thermogenin, which helps us burn fat more efficiently.
  • Olive leaf extract is anti-inflammatory.  The importance of this is that inflammation underlies many chronic and degenerative diseases. 

I've been taking olive leaf extract around three weeks now and loving it!

Be healthy, be happy
Janet x

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