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Friday, November 30, 2012
Every now and then I like to do a little Herb and old-fashioned medicinal research. I came across our friend Olive Leaf. Definitely something to keep in your back pocket! In a 1993 issue of the "Journal of Applied Bacteriology," it was reported that olive leaf delayed the growth of two types of bacteria. Several other studies have verified that the active ingredient in olive leaf, elenolic acid, is effective at treating a wide variety of infections without side effects. Bioassays support its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory effects at a laboratory level. A liquid extract made directly from fresh olive leaves recently gained international attention when it was shown to have an antioxidant capacity almost double green tea extract and 400% higher than vitamin C.