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Olive Leaf Extract

The ancient Egyptians may have been the first to make practical use of the olive leaf using it in the mummification of their kings. In later cultures, olive leaf extracts were used as a popular folk remedy to relieve fevers.

The ancient Egyptians may have been the first to make practical use of the olive leaf using it in the mummification of their kings. In later cultures, olive leaf extracts were used as a popular folk remedy to relieve fevers. The first formal medical documentation describing the use of the olive leaf to cure severe cases of fever and malaria appeared around the 1850's. For example, a simple healing remedy using olive leaves was published in 1854 in the Pharmaceutical Journal. More recently, Italian researchers found the olive leaf extract(oleuropein) had the capacity to lower blood pressure in animals.Other European researchers confirmed this finding and determined that olive leaf extract also increased blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieved arrhythmias (irregular heart beats) , and prevented intestinal muscle spasms. Moreover, about this time a Dutch researcher determed the active ingredient in oleuropein was a substance he called elenolic acid. It was found to have a powerful anti-bacterial effect.

In the late 1960's, research by Upjohn showed that elenolic acid, a substance derived from olive leaf extract, killed every virus tested- every one! Among the viruses tested were herpes, influenza, a couple of leukemias and a sarcoma. Elenolic acid was also effective against parasitic protozoans and bacteria. Furthermore, it was found to counteract a variety of viruses associated with the common cold in humans.

Phytochemicals (those many and varied substances contained in plants) are becoming the topic of considerable interest. Researchers have made one discovery after another involving these extracted substances from plants which have demonstrated promising health and medical potential.

One of the most exciting of these natural plant compounds is the new olive leaf extract. Oleuropein is the substance found in the olive leaf. The active ingredient has been determined to be a phytochemical called elenolic acid which has many powerful health benefits. Oleuropein is an iridoid which is a structural class of chemical compounds found in plants.

Olive leaf extract is a rediscovery of a substance used in ancient Biblical times. This substance is derived from the plain olive leaf providing a unique herbal that has multiple health applications.

It has been reported to:

  • enhance the immune system

  • increase energy

  • has an internal cleansing action

  • is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic

  • can reduce, ameliorate or even eliminate many diverse health problems

  • lowers blood pressure, fats, and reduces blood sugar.

Olive Leaf Extract has a number of unique properties that help destroy viruses, bacteria and parasites. Olive Leaf extract has the ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses. Olive Leaf Extract has the ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assemble at the cell membranes. The ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication. In the case of retroviruses, it is able to neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase and protease. These enzymes are essential for a retrovirus, such as HIV, to alter the RNA of a healthy cell. It can stimulate phagocytosis, an immune system response in which cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.

Olive Leaf Extract may have powerful antioxidant properties. It has been shown to inhibit oxidation of low-density lipoproteins. These are so-called "bad cholesterol" involved in heart and arterial disease. Moreover, olive extracts seem to be effective in combating a wide range of health problems as well as serving as a preventative health action. What's more, with its antioxidant properties, it has great potential benefit for people involved in vigorous exercise programs in preventing free radical generation and the resulting damage they cause to healthy cells.

Olive Leaf Extract is effective when used in low concentrations while being extremely safe and non-toxic at high doses. "See an excerpt from the booklet "Olive Leaf Extract - A New/Old Healing Bonanza for Mankind".

Scientists are constantly reporting new benefits from Olive Leaf Extract.

• New revolutionary discovery for treatment of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, flu and colds, herpes, AIDS, and chronic fatigue.

• Olive Leaf Extract-A New/Old Healing Bonanza for Mankind is intended exclusively for informational and educational purposes only and not for medical advice.

• Consult a medical or health professional for any questions regarding your health.

Dr. James Privitera, M.D. did the original research on olive leaf extract and wrote an article titled, "Noah's Dove was One Smart Bird". Another seller of a very weak olive extract states this is an authorless article. The booklet, "Olive Leaf Extract-A New/Old Healing Bonanza for Mankind" was written and copyrighted by Dr. Privitera after even more research was done.

Dr. Privitera has been an internationally known holistic physician for over 25 years with an excellent reputation. He would only use and offer to the public, the best quality olive leaf extract. Our product will never contain less than 5% oleuropein, which is the known active ingredient.


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Dr. Privitera is also the author of the articles

Noah’s Dove was One Smart Bird” and “Olive Leaf Extract – A New / Old Healing Bonanza for Mankind”.

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