If you touch the leaves of the olive tree, you will feel an unexplained energy move through you.
Who doesn’t want to experience less fatigue and find more focus?
Whether it’s the demands of work that wear on our 9 – 5 minds and continue to weigh heavy on us even as we try to “turn off work” once we get home or trying to keep up with the never-ending needs within our home, family, and life in general, experiencing mental and physical fatigue is common in our everyday lives.
And focus? Who wouldn’t want to have more mental stamina? But our minds always feel cluttered somehow, distracted by social media or pulled on from every direction to perform better as a parent or partner … or worrying about how we’ll get through this semester or earn enough money.
Can olive leaf extract help with feeling more energized and focused? Indeed, it can, along with assisting in the healing of a lengthy list of ailments, improving immunity, and naturally supporting various health advantages and overall wellbeing.
What is olive tree extract? While just about everyone is familiar with olive oil, or the first pressing of oil from olives referred to as extra virgin olive oil, another part of the olive tree is less known, yet it provides incredible benefits: the olive leaf.
Olive leaves are derived from the olive tree (also known as Olea europea) and largely cultivated in Mediterranean countries. Olive leaves were first used for medicinal purposes in Ancient Egypt, where they were regarded as a sign of heavenly powers. As early as 1855, medical reports have described the benefits of drinking a bitter tea brewed with leaves from the olive tree for health conditions including malaria, infections, cardiovascular diseases, and for general well-being (livesuperfoods.com). Olive leaves have gained recognition as a powerful defense against numerous sicknesses, and several scientific studies have investigated the beneficial properties of olive leaf extracts (available for consumption via tea bags, tinctures, powder, and capsule form).
One of the main advantages of olive-leaf extract is that it’s been shown to offer powerful effects on brain function due to its 12 polyphenols (Pinelli et al., 2000) and valuable levels of antioxidants, hydroxytrysol, and oleuropein. Research has found that oleuropein is able to lessen the symptoms or occurrence of brain age-related conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and olive leaves’ high levels of antioxidants help battle damage caused by free radicals while also protecting against memory loss (naturallivingideas.com).
Due to its unique composition, finding yourself feeling more focused is a naturally occurring effect of taking olive-leaf extract.
Olive leaf extract has become popular in the United States, with consumers reporting feeling more energy and a better sense of wellbeing when taking olive leaf extract, and also with U.S. naturopaths and doctors who prescribe olive leaf extract for the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS is associated with immune dysfunction, which allows infections with a variety of opportunistic microbes from herpes-viruses, retro viruses, fungi and parasites.
Known to both boost the effectiveness of the immune system and weaken viruses, according to a recent report published in Alternative Medicine Review, olive leaf extract interacts with the protein in cold and flu virus particles to halt infection, and the energy and immune system boosting properties within the olive leaf increase the body’s inherent ability to resist illness and disease. (olivus.com)
Along with improving brain function and increasing energy and wellbeing, other health benefits of olive-leaf extract include:
- Inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites.
- Battles infection including pneumonia, hepatitis B, meningitis, malaria, tuberculosis, candida, ear infections, urinary tract and even dental infections.
- Protects against skin cancer, reduces the effects of certain skin conditions such as acne, significantly reduces skin reddening, and improves blood flow and dehydration (better than Vitamin E).
- Combats the negative effects of herpes virus.
- Prevents and treats high blood pressure and improves arterial health on the whole as the polyphenol compounds contained in olive leaf extracts have been shown to directly avert build-up of arterial plaques (Benavente-Garcia et al., 2000).
- Offers anti-inflammatory properties, demonstrates high potency as a NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication) similar to ibuprofen, and is quite effective for naturally relieving symptoms of arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Helps control and rid various allergies through natural immune support, eliminates free radicals from the body through its high levels of antioxidants, and aids with digestion