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Feel Fantastic with the Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract

CATEGORIES:  Healing & Herbs Nutrition

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This time of year I am all about keeping my immune system strong and happy. 

Take this week even. On Monday I woke up feeling pretty grim but I spent all day intentionally giving my body all the good stuff it needs to nourish the immune system, went to bed on time and took some immune boosting supplement (which we will talk about) and BOOM by Tuesday morning I felt better and even did some power yoga in the evening as I felt pretty much fine.

So if your always ill and got a cold then heads up you may be in need of some of the benefits of Olive Leaf Extract so you can feel fantastic once more.

I was asked if I would try out some of  Olive leaf high strength capsules by Comvita and I said a big fat yes as a happy immune system = a happy Kezia. And whilst I am a BIG fan of Vitamin C (all my one2one coaching clients know this well!!) its good not to forget how healing herbs can be, so let looks at what it is and some of the benefits:

 

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What is it?

As you can guess olive leaf extract comes from olive tree and I am sure you have heard about the wonders of olive oil (if not your need to crawl out of that rock your sat under) but what is it that makes olive oil so healing and beneficial? Its the oleuropein, a polyphenol that can:

help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, prevent cancer, protect against oxidative damage, and help guard against cognitive decline. Oleuropein provides the distinctive tangy, pungent, almost bitter flavor found in high quality extra virgin olive oils. It’s also responsible for most of olive oil’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting characteristics. In fact, when oleuropein was given to animals with tumors, the tumors completely regressed and disappeared in 9 to 12 days! Source

So it seem that this oleuropein is a big deal and guess where most of this substance if stored? In the olive tree leaves!

 

Helps lower blood pressure.

This was one of the first well-known benefit of olive leaf extract. This study tell us:

One particularly fascinating study was conducted among identical twins with borderline hypertension (blood pressure in the range of 120-139 mmHg over 80-89 mmHg).10 Studies of identical twins virtually eliminate genetic variations which may impact study results. After 8 weeks, placebo recipients showed no change in blood pressure from baseline, but patients supplemented with 1,000 mg/day of olive leaf extract dropped their pressures by a mean of 11 mmHg systolic and 4 mmHg diastolic.10 The supplemented patients experienced significant reductions in LDL cholesterol.  Source

 

Neuroprotection

It seems that regular consumption of olive helps to protect the brain and central nervous system – hooray for happy brains! After seeing my grandparent suffer so much from degenerative disease I am ALL about protecting my body from oxidative damage and it seems olive leaf can do just that!

Olive extracts help protect the brain and central nervous system from the destruction brought on by strokes and age-related degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseasesSource

 

Lots of Polyphenols

Oleuropein is not the only polyphenol in olive leaf extract in Comvita’s olive leaf extract there are 12 polyphenols, including  hydroxytyrosol.

But what’s the deal with polyphenols? I will let the experts tell you:

Polyphenols are… a kind of chemical that may protect against some common health problems and possibly certain effects of aging,” Dalia Akramiene, a physiologist at Kaunas University of Medicine in Lithuania, told Life Extension. “Polyphenols protect cells and body chemicals against damage caused by free radicals—reactive atoms that contribute to tissue damage in the body. For example, when low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is oxidized, it can become glued to arteries and cause coronary heart disease. Source

Get more information on the ingredients on Comvita Olive leaf supplement here

Plus many more benefits so it is easy to see why these are going to help you #feelfantastic .

I have been using these for a few weeks now so hard to say exactly the impact they are having but when it comes to immune health these look like they could the trick! >>>>Click here to get your Comvita Olive Leaf Extract Today.

And if you want to enter into a chance to win some Comvita goodies and spa weekend (yes please!) then just click here

 

What are your tips for boosting immune health?

 

*Sponsored by Comvita, research my own

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