Olive leaves have many clever strategies for viral and bacterial disarmament. One is that they interfere with the ability to replicate themselves. They don’t even know its happening so the bacteria/or virus slowly recedes over time.
Another strategy is that olive leaf biochemistry (phenolic compound, mainly oleuropein) helps to stimulate phagocytises which is an immune reaction whereby immune cells engulf and destroy invading organisms. Clever eh!
Olive Leaves for Heart Support in Cold Weather
How does cold weather impact heart health? Well, it can increase heart rate and blood pressure because it makes the heart work much harder to keep your body warm, all of which can increase the risk of blood clots etc. The European Journal of Nutrition reports that research on olive leaf extract may help reduce the cardiovascular health risk factor. This is partly due to its antioxidant properties helping to prevent the formation of clots (by aiding the ‘normalisation’ of platelet aggregation). Studies showed that blood pressure and cholesterol levels were lower after 6 weeks.
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