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Olive Leaf (Olea europaea) is the leaf of the olive tree. It is a powerful defender against sickness and promotes increased energy and healthy blood pressure, as well as the cardiovascular system and the immune system.

As an antioxidant, Olive leaf extract protects those blood vessels from damage, and has been shown to be effective in protecting the heart from coronary occlusion. When taken over an extended period of time, it is believed to reverse arteriosclerosis. Olive leaves are astringent and antiseptic. Both the leaves and the bark have valuable febrifuge qualities.

Olive Leaf is a preventative to colds and viruses. Other unexpected benefits of olive leaf are normalization of heart beat irregularities, toothaches and chronically achy joints.

In the early 1900s scientists isolated a bitter compound called oleuropein from olive leaf that was thought to give the olive tree its disease resistance.

Oleuropein has the ability to lower blood pressure in animals. It dilates the blood vessels so that blood may flow more easily throughout the system. It increases blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieves arrhythmia and prevent intestinal muscle spasms. The primary ingredient in oleuropein inhibits the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. This chemical is elenolic acid. This compound has strong bactericidal, antiviral and antifungal capabilities. A safety study on calcium elenolate was tested with laboratory animals and published by the Upjohn pharmaceutical company in 1970. The study concluded that even in doses several hundred times higher than recommended; no toxic or other adverse side effects were discovered.

Research suggests that olive leaf may be a true anti-viral compound because it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. This appears to offer healing effects not addressed by pharmaceutical antibiotics. Olive leaf's broad power includes an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses. It has an ability to contain viral infection spread by inactivating viruses by preventing virus assembly at the cell membrane; the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication.

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