OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE BETTER THAN DRUGS
tree “have been used since ancient times to combat high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and diabetes and for other medicinal purposes.”Additionally, researchers found that the groups of subjects taking the olive leaf extract demonstrated significant improvements in triglyceride levels, a positive benefit not seen with the pharmaceutical group. Although the specific blood pressure lowering action of olive leaf extract is not known, the study designers believe it is related to the active compound in the leaf known as oleuropein. Oleuropein acts synergistically with other chemicals in the plant to “exert both ACE inhibitory and calcium channel blocking activities.”
Olive Oil Lowers Risk from Oxidized LDL Cholesterol Further scientific evidence supporting the powerful impact exerted by the olive plant is provided by researchers published in the journal Clinical Nutrition. The study found that polyphenol rich, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil boosted levels of an antibody in the blood that neutralizes oxidized LDL cholesterol that is implicated in the formation
of coronary plaque. This significantly reduces the risk from atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries and the progression of coronary artery disease.
Researchers again found that the antioxidant polyphenols oleuropein and cafeic acid found in olive oil exhibited powerful anti-diabetic, antiatherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory properties. In response to increased dietary consumption of the polyphenols, the study found that critical immune response mechanisms were stimulated and deadly LDL oxidation was retarded.