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Olive and Olive Leaf Oil

Mediterranean diet, in which olive and olive oil have a very significant role, has always been considered as one of the healthiest types of nutrition. Although, olives are mostly used either as a single fruit or fruit product (olive oil), the second part of this plant – leaf, is increasingly starting to use in the form of oil.

The Healing Properties of Olive Leaf Oil

Olive leaf has numerous medicinal properties. The most active compound in olive leaves with therapeutic effect is oleuropein (the bitter mono-terpentine glucoside). Oleuropein and products of its hydrolytic degradation have a very strong antimicrobial activity.

Olive leaf oil contributes to improving the situation in a number of diseases caused by microbes - pneumonia, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, influenza, meningitis, hepatitis B, herpes, etc. It is also good for urinary tract infections and in surgical infections.

It is proven that olive leaf oil prevents infections caused by the action of fungi. It is a long list of diseases that can be treated using products based on olive leaf.

There are approximately 125 species of pathological microorganisms that react to the action of compounds present in olive leaf. The most common diseases caused by these microorganisms, as well as diseases or conditions that can be effectively treated with olive leaves include:heart diseases herpes arthritis diabetes chronic fatigue syndrome hepatitis A, B and C viral and bacterial meningitis vaginitis botulism diphtheria listeria malaria stomach ulcer flu inflammation of the urinary tract encephalitis chlamydial infections According to some surveys, olive leaf oil is effective against the Ebola virus, and some preliminary researches have shown encouraging results in action against the HIV.

It is generally considered that compounds present in olive leaf strengthen the immune system, increase the energy level, have antiviral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, and antifungal activity, can reduce or even completely eliminate many health problems, reduce blood pressure, blood sugar concentration and the level of LDL – bad cholesterol in blood serum. It is believed that these compounds have antioxidant properties.

Side Effects of Olive Leaf Oil

Although olive leaf oil is non-toxic, taking it in excessive amounts can worsen the condition at the beginning. This temporary side effect is a consequence of the unusually high efficiency of antimicrobial compounds.

It is a useful accompanying phenomenon that emphasizes its value. Namely, substances isolated from olive leaf kill a large number of microorganisms, filling the body with these poisons. Liver is not able to immediately remove these toxic substances which lead to side effects. The symptoms are different, depending on the type of infection. They may include headache, mild allergic skin changes and fatigue. When the reaction has passed, disease usually disappears soon.

It should be noted and that the above mentioned compounds of olive leaf may inactivate the action of antibiotics. Therefore, the olive leaf oil should not be taken at the same time as antibiotics.

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