The olive tree is a pretty incredible plant. Everyone knows about olive oil and thereby olives, but it seems the olive leaf is undeservingly under-appreciated. The olive tree loves a warm climate where frost cannot touch its precious fruit and in many places individual olive trees are thousands of years old. Time-tested food and medicines are something LFA loves and seeing that olive leaves have been used medicinally for thousands of years and have a wide range of reported benefits, makes us all the more appreciative of this plant.

The unique molecule that provides many of the benefits is called oleuropein which can lower blood pressure, prevent arteriosclerosis, prevent cancer, prevent free radical damage, and strengthen immunity. Another favorite aspect of olive leaf is its antimicrobial activity, that is, it shows anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-protozoal, and anti-bacterial properties. It is hard to find remedies against viruses that are as effective as olive leaf. Olive leaf seems to impair the ability of viruses to use amino acids to replicate. In a 2003 study, olive leaf killed candida and e. coli, showing powerful antimicrobial activity.

Anecdotal evidence shows that people who use olive leaf for viral infection of all types experience excellent results. Often we forget how many ways viruses affect us, everything from chicken pox, cold sores, herpes, measles, mumps, rubella, flu (influenza), rotavirus, HIV, shingles and more have hit us hard or someone we know. Due to its far-reaching benefits, always having olive leaf on hand for year round health support can make it an invaluable tool to an individual or family. We recommend Olivus brand for its combination of quality and cost-effectiveness. It can be one of your go-to panaceas.

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