The olive tree has been held in high esteem throughout history. Moses decreed that men who cultivated the leaf be exempt from serving in the army. The oil is symbolic of purity and goodness, while the olive branch represents peace and prosperity. The...
The olive tree has been held in high esteem throughout history. Moses decreed that men who cultivated the leaf be exempt from serving in the army. The oil is symbolic of purity and goodness, while the olive branch represents peace and prosperity. The winner in the Greek Olympic games was crowned with a wreath of olive leaves.
Historically, health use of olive leaf has been for support of symptoms related to fevers and for the topical application of wounds or infection. As a poultice, it was also used on skin rashes and boils.
Active constituents: Olive leaf has a wide number of ingredients, including the chief constituent oleuropein (60-90 mg/g) and several types of flavonoids (e.g. Rutin, Apigenin, Luteolin). While olive leaf traditionally is associated with a wide number of medicinal claims, few of these have been verified by experimental study. In animal studies oleuropein (when given by injection or in intravenous form) has been shown to decrease blood pressure (e.g. Systolic and Diastolic) and dilate the coronary arteries surrounding the heart. This ability to lower blood pressure may justify the traditional use of olive leaf in supporting mild to moderate hypertension. However, human studies are needed to clearly establish olive leaf as useful for high blood pressure. In addition, a test tube study has revealed that oleuropein inhibits the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) `bad' cholesterol. LDL oxidation is one part in a series of damaging events that, if left unchecked, can lead to the development of heart health issues. Together, these facts provide a possible basis as to why those consuming a Mediterranean-based diet may lower their risk of developing atherosclerosis. Oleuropein from olives may also have certain antibacterial properties. When unheated olives are brined to preserve them, oleuropein is converted into another chemical called elenolic acid. Elenolic acid has shown antibacterial actions against several species of Lactobacilli and Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilus in a test tube environment. Whether or not the oleuropein in the leaf undergoes such a transformation is open to question at this point, raising some question as to its antibacterial effects. Olive leaf extracts have been employed experimentally to lower elevated blood-sugar levels in diabetic animals. Unfortunately, these results have not been reproduced in human clinical trials and as such, no clear conclusions can be made from this animal study in helping support healthy blood sugar levels.
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