We all know that olive oil has various health benefits. However, only a few people know that the leaves of the tree that bears olives are also as effective as olive oil when it comes to preventing and treating illnesses.
According to studies, olive leaf possesses antioxidant, hypoglycemic, antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic, and antiatherogenic properties and other beneficial compounds that make it a powerful all-natural remedy. Whether it is consumed, as tea or liquid extract or in powdered form, olive leaf can astonish without a doubt.
Here are some of the numerous health benefits it can offer:
Helps Reduce Cancer Risk
Researchers have found that olive leaf extract has antioxidant and anticancer effects that put a stop to the movement and spread of tumor cells. This can be used to prevent different types of cancer such as brain cancer, breast cancer, and urinary bladder cancer.
Helps Control Blood Sugar Levels
Olive leaves cab help people suffering from diabetes and those who are prone to developing this common metabolic disease. This remedy is very good at controlling blood sugar levels, thus making it easier to avoid the numerous complications that diabetes brings.
Helps Delay the Process of Aging
Olive leaves have antioxidants that help neutralize excess free radicals and lower down levels of oxidative stress which is one of the main causes of aging. It can help deal with various skin-related problems.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
In a 2017 study, results revealed that olive leaf extract can boost our overall health by lowering our blood pressure thus reducing our risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke or heart attack. Additionally, in a 2011 study, it was found that the leaf extract of olives can lower bad cholesterol levels of an individual.
Can Help Increase Energy
According to a 2006 study, olive leaf extract contain oleanolic acid that interacts with bile acids in a way that increases the metabolism, boosts the thyroid, and ultimately leads to increased energy.
Helps Combat Disease-Causing Microbes
Thanks to the leaf’s superb antioxidant properties. It contributes to a strong immune system and is able to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses that cause a host of diseases and infections.
Helps Treat Herpes
Herpes is a common virus that causes sores on genitals and/or mouth. Olive leaf extract has antiviral and antimicrobial factors that help reduce the ability of the herpes virus to invade surrounding cells. To treat this condition, we need to drop 1 to 2 droplets on a cotton ball and place it on the affected area.
Helps Deal With Arthritis
Olive leaf can help bring down inflammation and swelling in the joints. It has been used by traditional healers as a remedy for painful and swelling joints. For this purpose, we can either consume it as tea or in extract or powdered form.