5 amazing health secrets of olive leaf extract

4. Fighting infection

Olive leaves have a long history of fighting infection.

In the 1800s, the crushed leaves were brewed into teas to lower fevers and to treat malaria.

Since then, studies have confirmed the power of oleuropein to fight viruses, fungi, and bacteria.

A 2003 study clearly demonstrated the anti-microbial power of olive leaf extract. In the study, the extract killed almost all bacteria tested, including those that cause skin, genital, and oral infections. Harmful bacteria of the lower intestine were also killed.

And, in one particularly promising piece of evidence, researchers at the New York University School of Medicine saw the reversal of systemic changes associated with HIV-1 after treatment with olive leaf extracts.

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Joyce Hollman

By Joyce Hollman

Joyce Hollman is a writer based in Kennebunk, Maine, specializing in the medical/healthcare and natural/alternative health space. Health challenges of her own led Joyce on a journey to discover ways to feel better through organic living, utilizing natural health strategies. Now, practicing yoga and meditation, and working towards living in a chemical-free home, her experiences make her the perfect conduit to help others live and feel better naturally.