The history of olive leaves comes from far away
As it is known worldwide, a dove with an olive leaf in its beak is a symbol of peace.
The more research and investigation that I do on olive leaves, the more I believe that the dove that returned to noah’s ark was carrying one of the most sophisticated weapons that humanity would use for their own benefit.
I am really blown away by the huge benefits that olive leaves give us, as well as by the potency of their main components.
This post will show you what the beneficial compounds in olive tree leaves are, how they are associated with the consumption of olive leaves, and how to use these benefits in order to improve your health.
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DISCOVERING OLIVE LEAVES
Olive leaf as a part of Olive
The entire Olive tree is chock-full of beneficial properties.
We are used to talking only about Olive Oil and olives as a food itself because these are quite tangible products from Olive Tree fruits.
However, the main structure of the Olive Tree is a complex system with incredible properties. Leaves, in this case, are the main defense structure of the tree.
Main components in Olive leaf
If you read my post talking about olive oil muskeeters, you may already know the main benefits related to Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
The good news is that the same useful compounds of the tree’s fruits are also present in the olive leaves. These leafy compounds are even more powerful than the ones found in the oil. Interesting, isn’t it?
Hydroxytyrosol is the most potent known natural antioxidant. It’s present in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but at lower levels than in the olive leaves. The antioxidant capacity of Hydroxytyrosol is 10 times than that of Vitamin C and twice as much as Vitamin E or Q10-Coenzyme.
Oleuropeina, the main compound contained in the olive leaves, acts as a virus killer, with a high capacity of combating them.
Oleocanthal, with its anti-inflammatory properties, provides similar benefits. It has been proven to lower blood pressure levels and stimulate a better function of the internal organs, which allow a better way of life.
There are a lot of components of olive leaves like luteolin, rutin, etc, but these three are the main benefactors.
Benefits of Olive Leaves
- Antioxidant propierties
- Help to mantain a good level of blood pressure
- Reduce high levels of LDL cholesterol
- Diuretic propierties
- Helps immune system function.
- Helpful in treating AIDS related diseases
- Fever suppressant
- Diabetes treatment
How To Use Olive Leaves in order to reap its benefits
We can basically use leaves in three ways
Steep 3 grams of leaves per liter of hot water for ten minutes. Drink the mixture before each meal.
Take 20 leaves and boil them in 250 ml of water for 15 minutes. Take this elixir just after waking up and before going to bed.
3 Olive leaf extract
Wash 250 grams of olive leaves and dry them. After that put, them in a slow cooker with 5 liters of distilled water. Cook the mixture for 12 hours between 79ºC-85ºC. It it reaches too high of a temperature, turn off your cooker until it returns to the desired range.
Filter the mixture, discard the leaves, and bottle it. Keep refrigerated.
Olive leaf extract has been studied in several universities around the world, and there are many reports about its positive use benefits in:
decreased blood pressure, fighting free radicals, viral and bacterial protection, immune system support, antioxidant, blocking the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, fighting fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, etc.
Nothing to see here. Researchers were unable to determine if there could be any kind of quantity that would be needed for the extract to become toxic.
The only adverse effect that might result is the phenomenon known as “Reaction Herxheimer”. This reaction occurs due to the massive destruction of microorganisms, which produces a sudden release of toxic substances in the blood, producing a reaction similar to a seasonal allergies. In this case, you should reduce the dose or stop taking the extract for a day or two. In reality, this means that the apparent worsening of symptoms is an indicator that the treatment is working.
What a wild thing!!
I have been living surrounded by olive trees all my life.
When I go to work with the olive trees, I pick a leaf and I put it in my mouth all the time.
I bite it and turn it in my mouth with my tongue millions of times a day.
I was bitting a heavy weapon (but full of health) all the time.
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Have a nice day. Be olive oil my friend.