Frequently Asked Questions about Olive Leaf Extract
Q. How does Olive leaf affect Free Radicals?
Q. What is olive leaf good for?
ORAC comparisons completed by independent laboratories
in Australia and USA under scientific conditions
The most well studied so far include: Oleuropein, Hydroxytyrosol & Tyrosol
Q. I have heard of adding olive leaf in pet food, how? Why?
Q. Is it okay to take olive leaf extract supplement every day?
Q. How can Olive Leaf Extract boost the immune system?
Your immune system is your coat of armor protecting your from many diseases and infections. When the immune system is working properly you do not suffer very long from cold, flu, and hundreds of other diseases .
Symptoms of a weakened immune system:
Allergies - Digestive problems – Fatigue - Joint – Poor appetite
– Congestion - Respiratory problems – Rashes – Insomnia - Muscle weakness
Unlike antibiotics Olive Leaf does not build up immune system resistance.
A strong immune system will recover from a pathogen invasion, and most of the time you will not even be aware of the battle that took place within your body. However, if your immune system is not functioning at its peak efficacy, you may be sick for an extended period of time. Once the immune system is over-burdened with some type of pathogen, (virus, fungi, yeast, bacteria, parasites) disease takes a foothold and sometimes it takes months and even years to manifest itself. In the meantime, the pathogens are in your body draining strength from the immune system. Olive Leaf does not cure any disease. It is, however, a killer of many pathogens (Alternative Medicine Review). Once pathogens have been killed off, the immune system rebuilds itself, ridding the body of disease symptoms.
Q. What can Olive Leaf do to combat antibiotic-resistant germs?
Many medical researchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the emergence of "super
Olive leaf and it's extract (OLE) is an antimicrobial herbal botanical that has the power to control many troublesome conditions that antibiotics are often used to treat. The human body does not build up a resistance to OLE as occurs with antibiotic use and abuse. Additionally the use of antibiotics in chicken, pork and beef has reduced their effectiveness in humans. Because of the decreasing effectiveness of antibiotics, health experts predict that common bacterial infections will one day pose serious health problems. Olive leaf extract appears to work at many different levels in the body. As a result we often hear reports from patients that a variety of symptoms begin improving.
Q. Are Olive Leaf's Flavonoids beneficial?
Flavonoids – commonly referred to as bioflavonoids – are commonly known for their antioxidant activity. Since the late 1800s, scientists and pharmaceutical companies have documented the botanical’s cardiovascular, pathogen-killing, and energy-giving properties. Emerging scientific evidence has also shown that the flavonoids from the polyphenol category (olive leaf), have antioxidant powers greater than those of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, green tea and beta-carotene. There are over a hundred brands of olive leaf, but only Olivus® specializes in olive leaf-based products exclusively.
Q What does Olive Leaf tea taste like?
Olivus olive leaf tea has a unique taste. A light steeping delivers a satisfying mellow flavor. Longer steeping or brewing in a tea press creates a stronger, slightly bitter infusion than can be mellowed with a slice of fresh lemon, stevia, soy milk, sugar and other herbal flavorings. Olivus olive leaf tea also blends well with Green tea and other teas and herbs.
Q. Are there any side effects to using Olive Leaf?
It is generally agreed that olive leaf does not produce adverse side effects. Please consult your physician if you are taking any prescription medications. Some people may experience what is known as Herxheimers Reaction, which may give the feeling the symptoms are temporarily getting worse. This most likely is a sign the olive leaf is working! This is due to a detoxification reaction to the olive leaf killing a large number of harmful germs quickly. If this should happen, stop taking olive leaf for three to four days and drink as much water as possible. Resume at half the amount you were taking for another three to four days. If you do not feel worse then proceed to increase dosage. Another side effect is getting an upset stomach when taking before meals (without food). It is ok to take olive leaf with or after your meal without reducing the effectiveness.