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Olive Leaf Extract - For Winter Ills and Much More

Olive Leaf Extract - For Winter Ills and Much More

Tuesday, April 4th 2006

Headlines warning of antibiotic resistant bacteria, rare strains of flesh eating bacteria, rising HIV rates, and deadly outbreaks of viruses such as Ebola and recently Avian Flu are on the increase.

Once believed to be a cure-all, the abuse of antibiotics is now realized to have resulted in super strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria that are increasingly more difficult to treat. Because antibiotics kill both the friendly and unfriendly bacteria, they can upset the delicate balance of our body's natural defences. This means that unwanted yeast and fungi flourish resulting in disease and illness. Olive leaf extract has proven effective in helping control various fungi and yeast infections as well as initial bacterial infections.

Suggested Dosage Regime

Olive leaf extract has been shown to be effective against many viral, bacterial, fungal and yeast infections. At the first indication of an infection, cold or flu regardless of whether it is bacterial or viral an initial intensive dosage regime of 2 or 3 capsules of standardized olive leaf extract three or four times a day may be taken for two or three days and then use the recommended dosage.

Correct Strength Extract

A 5:1 ratio extract means that 5 kg of Olive leaves have been used to make 1 kg of Olive Leaf extract. It should be standardized to 12% Oleuropein and used in this correct strength

Help for cold's and flu

Myxoviruses are known to cause a lower respiratory tract infection known as "the flu" which can be any one of three different strains. Olive leaf extract has been shown to be effective against all types and strains of the "the flu" and other viruses causing lower respiratory tract infections. It is also used effectively to prevent or kill off an existing infection from the parainfluenza viruses that can cause croup, bronchial disease and viral pneumonia.

The true cause of the cold virus transmission is direct contact with a contaminated surface or person. For example hand contact with desktop, telephone or doorknob and then the virus can be conveyed to the eyes or nose. Most of all, colds spread hand to hand (by shaking hands) followed by rubbing one's own eyes or nose. The cold virus can survive and remain active for up to three days on environmental surfaces. It is killed in human tissues only by something virucidal like olive leaf extract. Many holistic practitioners are now recommending three steps to control the spread of colds - frequent hand washing, keeping your own hands from touching the nose and eyes and daily consumption of olive leaf extract.

For severe colds or flu, two capsules can be used every six hours. Some people have taken more - up to three or four every six hours - and reported rapid relief. These higher dosages are for short term use. Doses many times higher than recommended are unlikely to produce adverse side effects. There are benefits from long-term preventive use of Olive Leaf Extract.

Effective against various bacterial infections

Various infections including bladder, sinus and gum have all been successfully treated with Olive Leaf extract. It kills or inhibits seven known herpes viruses including Epstein-Barr, cold sores, genital herpes and shingles. It has also proven to be helpful for tropical illnesses including dengue fever and malaria.

Heart Benefits From Olive Leaf Extract

In New Zealand heart disease and stroke remains the number one killer despite all the advancements in modern medicine. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a common disorder. An important component of olive leaf extract is oleuropien which has been shown to act as a vasodilator of blood vessels. Decreased arterial blood pressure, decreased cardiac contractility and anti-arrhythmic effects have all been attributed to oleuropien and other compounds in olive leaf extract.

Olive Leaf for Diabetics

Numerous complications of diabetes include retinopathy, atherosclerosis and nephropathy. Olive leaves have traditionally been touted as an antidiabetic agent. Scientists have demonstrated that the oleuropien content is responsible for its blood sugar lowering activity. However, diabetics who are non-insulin or insulin dependent may want to closely monitor their blood glucose levels when taking Olive leaf extract.

Olive Leaf for Gout

Gout sufferers have high uric acid content in the bloodstream causing crystals to deposit in the joints. Swelling, warmth, redness and exquisite tenderness most often affects the joint of the big toe, but the instep, ankle, knee, wrist and elbow are also common sites. Uric acid may also precipitated in organs, such as the kidney, where gravel or stones may lead to obstruction. A report in the Belgian Pharmacology Journal (March - April) 1994 recorded the uric acid lowering activity in olive leaf extracts.

Detoxification Symptoms

Some individuals may experience symptoms of detoxification resulting from toxins released into the bloodstream through using olive leaf extract. Symptoms of detoxification are natural and may include headaches, muscle and joint aches, skin rash or sensitivity, irritability, nervousness, fatigue and mental dullness. If symptoms arise, proceed slowly by reducing the number of capsules being taken and then gradually increasing the dosage again when symptoms subside.

Nature's Way Standardized Olive Leaf Extract

Capsules (purple label) contain 250mg of a scientifically and technically advanced premium herbal extract standardized to 12% oleuropein and synergistically supported by 250mg of whole Olive Leaf. The usual recommended dose is two capsules daily.

Information compiled from Health and Herbals news articles April – June 2006, July-September 2004, July – September 2005 and July – September 2003.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for bacteria infections:

Echinature
OLE-Up
Kaloba EPs 7630
SystemWell
Superior Olive Leaf
Myco Defence
ViralEx
Olive Leaf Complex 500ml
Hi-Dose Vitamin C

Related health information can be found here:

Astra Forte
Common Cold
Echinacea - a potent weapon against infection
Fever
Immunity
Infections Internal
Mullein for bronchitis, coughs, phlegm and asthma
Multivite - why taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement is so essential?
Water, the elixir of life
Winter ailments and immune boosting

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The Echinacea Experts
The Winter First Aid Kit in a Bottle

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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