The olive leaf was first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt, and it was a symbol of power. In the early 1800s, crushed oil leaves were used in drinks for it’s health benefits. Olive leaves contain high amounts of oleuropein, making extracts a valuable source of this nutrient without the need to consume large amounts of olive oil.
The leaves contain many potentially bioactive compounds that have antioxidant, antihypertensive, antiatherogenic, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic and hypoglycemic properties.
Today, Olive Leaf may be used to:
- Strong antioxidant
- Studied to balance blood pressure
- May help prevent the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol for positive arterial health