Olive leaf tea is a great replacement for your regular caffeine or black tea. Olive leaf is obtained from the olive trees that grow in Mediterranean climates and subtropical forests.
It has way many health benefits some of which are described below:
1. Inhibits and Prevents Cancer
Initially, olive leaf extract was found to have an anti-melanoma effect in mice. It also reportedly reduces tumor volume during the last stages. Other studies show that it is also a good preventive measure against breast cancer and if treated at an early stage, it shows arrest in the growth of cancer cells.
2. Builds Bone
A Spanish study claims that oleuropein in olive leaf stimulates the production of bone-building cells called osteoblasts, thus preventing the loss of bone density and providing protection from osteoporosis.
3. Antiviral and Antibacterial Effect
Oleuropein and other compounds found in olive leaf possess a tendency to fight off bacteria and viruses. These compounds inhibit the creation of amino acids by the viruses thus preventing their multiplication and reproduction. These compounds perform a targetted attack against these microorganisms which no other antibiotic can perform. Its antiviral effect targets cold/flu and cough.
Olive leaf contains many phenols. These are the antioxidants that cancel out the action of free radicals which are responsible for damaging and aging the skin. Thus they protect the skin in that way.
5. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
The most common uses of olive leaf are to kill off infections. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action of olive leaf reduces any inflammation that can lead to infections in the future.
6. Lowers Blood Pressure
The oleuropein is capable of relaxing the blood vessels thus lowering the blood pressure and preventing the formation of blood clots. Also, the olive leaf also helps patients with Arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat. It improves blood flow through arteries and balances blood sugar levels.
7. Fights Cholesterol
It fights the formation of bad cholesterol also called LDL by preventing its oxidation. This type of os cholesterol is detrimental to health.
8. Strengthens Immunity
Olive leaves are traditionally used to enhance immunity and fight invading organisms. A liquid extract made from olive leaves has antioxidant capacity almost twice that of green tea extract, and 4 times higher than Vitamin C.
9. Other Benefits
It is also believed that Olive leaf can be used in the treatment of diseases like malaria, polio, psoriasis, allergies, colds, tuberculosis, chronic fatigue, and infections of lungs, liver, teeth, ears, etc.