The olive tree has long been attributed by many cultures to be a remarkable plant with a wide variety of healing capabilities. The tree has been studied for centuries, and over the years many health-promoting benefits have been attributed to it. Chances are you are most familiar with olives as a food product, however this is just one use of many. Olive oil, buds, leaves, and roots all possess medicinal properties, with olive leaf extract being of exceptional interest. Hidden in the leaves of the olive tree, powerful healing nutrients reside.
What makes olive leaf extract so powerful?
Oleuropein is the substance in olive leaf extract that is responsible for many of its beneficial activities and which exhibits the greatest range of medicinal properties. Designs for Health’s Olive Leaf Extract is standardized to contain 20% oleuropien, which means that each capsule is guaranteed to have a significant amount of this constituent to ensure its effectiveness.
Olive leaves are also rich in antioxidants and have more potent antioxidant activity than green tea. The leaves contain an antioxidant comparable to vitamin E, along with flavonoids such as rutin and flavonol that also possess powerful antioxidant properties.