It all begins with phytochemicals ("plant chemicals") whose main purpose is to protect the plant from parasites and maladies. By consuming the plants, our bodies absorb the phytochemicals that protect us from the same hazards. One of those phytochemicals is called Oleuropein, which can be found in olive leaves.
Here are 10 health benefits of olive leaves:
1. They help prevent or slow down the development of cancer
Findings from a study conducted in 2010-2011 show that the active ingredient in olive leaves can slow down the development of cancer cells in women suffering from breast cancer, as well as slowing down the development of melanoma in cells that were taken from mice.
2. They encourage bone formation
In a study conducted in Spain in 2011, researchers discovered that the Oleuropein found in olive oil encourages the production of osteroblasts - large cells responsible for the development of the bone, which prevent osteoporosis and decreases in bone mass.
3. They fight against bacterial and viral infections
Oleuropein is especially useful in fighting against micro-organisms such as viruses and bacteria. It transforms into elenolic acid in the body, which stops the reproduction of amino acids in viruses and bacteria, thus preventing them from replicating and spreading.
4. They prevent aging
Free radicals can damage the skin by disrupting the process of DNA formation. Olive leaves are rich in phenols, antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and help revitalize our skin.
5. They reduce inflammation
Oleuropein's ability to fight against germs can cure infections and relieve inflammation.
6. They lower blood pressure
Researchers found that oleuropein can also improve blood circulation and prevent blood clotting. Olive leaves can also balance your blood sugar levels by improving the activity of liver insulin receptors.
7. They fight against cholesterol
Olive leaves are also known for their ability to stop the formation of LDL ("bad cholesterol") by preventing oxidation.
8. They reinforce the immune system
The phytochemicals found in olive leaves support the activity of Vitamin C, which is essential to our immune system.
9. They cure infections
As part of its antiviral activity, olive leaf extract can also cure viral infections such as herpes and influenza.
10. And the list goes on and on...
Since olive leaves have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, they can also help in cases of malaria, allergies, psoriasis, CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and more.
Convinced? Go to the nearest health & nature shop and ask for olive leaf extract.