Olive Leaf |NUTRITION

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May 21, 2012 by Thomas McGregor

“Sage-green colored leaves.”

OLIVE LEAF (Olea Europaea)

A small evergreen cultivated in Egypt and the Mediterranean for over 3,000 years, the olive tree was traditionally prized for its fruit and oil. It has symbolic value as well: winners of the ancient Olympic Games wore garlands made of olive leaves, and the olive branch is a well-known sign of peace. While most people are aware of the heart-healthy properties of olive oil, the lesser-known olive leaves may be just as healthy!

Laboratory studies and recent double-blind human clinical research focus on the action of the constituent oleurpein suggest that Olive leaf extract may:
•Support immune system function*
•Promote arterial health*
•Help maintain blood pressure and triglyceride levels already within a healthy range*

Research on oleurpein (as well as one human study on Olive leaf itself) suggests this bioactivity:
•Enhances the activity of macrophages and other kinds of white blood cells, and interferes with amino acids used by foreign invaders*
•Inhibits the oxidation of cholesterol, which tends to accumulate in artery walls*
•Has a dilation effect on the blood vessel*

This brilliant nutrient source comes from European olive groves. It is important to note that this evergreen should be harvested at the correct time of year in order to yield the highest in bioactive nutrients.

By: Thomas McGregor

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