Frequently Asked Questions

What are the health benefits of olive leaf extract?

Studies show olive leaf extract helps maintain cardiovascular health. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol and even prevent precancerous cell change. According to some studies, olive leaf extract boosts the immune system and keeps viruses and harmful bacteria under control (it is four times more powerful than vitamin C). Research has also shown that it improves the health of tissues and joints, reduces inflammation that can lead to arthritis and acts as a free radical scavenger. Read more about the health benefits of olive leaf extract.

Can olive leaf extract be beneficial for those with breast cancer?

Many studies have been carried out on the effect of oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol (two ingredients of the extract) on cancer cells, including breast cancer cells. The evidence suggests olive leaf extract can help slow down cancer cell growth.

Other than oleuropein, what active ingredients are in olive leaf extract?

Other active ingredients in olive leaf extract include hydroxytyrosol, apigenin, luteolin, oleanolic acid, rutin and diosmin.

Why is olive leaf extract considered healthier than olive oil?

The active polyphenol is most concentrated in the tree’s leaves. Olive leaf extract – sometimes referred to as olive extract – is a popular, convenient, low-calorie way to gain the benefits of oleuropein. It’s oleuropein that gives olive oil a bitter taste and distinctive aroma.

Why is there such consumer interest in olive leaf products?

The health benefits of olive leaf have been known for thousands of years and you’ll find references to its healing properties in the Bible, in ancient scripts and in history books. Interest is revived because solid scientific research into olive leaf extract backs up historical claims and proves our ancestors were right to revere the leaf.

Does olive leaf extract have uses in complementary medicine?

Manufacturers of health food supplements recognise consumers want to try natural products to cure common ailments such as candida, thrush, colds, flu, herpes, skin infections and wounds, fevers and fatigue. The benefits of olive leaf extract are so well documented that health industry professionals have made it available in many convenient forms.

What olive leaf extract products are available?

Olive leaf extract is found in supplements, tablets, tinctures, body creams, shampoo, conditioner, soap and other medicinal and beauty products. You can also buy olive leaf tea. Most extracts have a 10 to 20 percent oleuropein content, whereas Palolea’s has 30 percent.

Can olive leaf supplements be considered a superfood?

There are three main ways of consuming olive leaves – by infusing the leaves and drinking them as tea, by applying them to the skin in a cream, or by taking them in tablet form. The leaves are not a “food” as such, but their health-giving properties elevate them to superfood status.

What is the correct dosage of olive leaf extract? Does it have side effects?

According to scientific studies into olive leaf extract dosage, the product is safe for humans even in higher than recommended doses. Those taking medication – especially blood thinning or blood pressure tablets – should check with their doctor and the safety of taking olive leaf extract during pregnancy or lactation has not so far been studied.

How do you make olive leaf extract?

Leaves are harvested from five rain-fed olive groves in Palestine’s West Bank. They are hand-picked, left to dry naturally, then washed, crushed and macerated in an alcohol solvent to separate the extract. A distillation process ensures no alcohol remains in the final product. Our unique, natural extraction method ensures a consistently high oleuropein content.