Olive Leaf Extract

help to regulate cholesterol and lipid levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels (also called "Bad Cholesterol") and increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels(also called "Good Cholesterol")

Olive Leaf Extract also reduces blood viscosity (acts as a blood thinner) and normallyinhibits platelet aggregation.

Scientists have isolated the unique molecule that provides olive oil with its multitude of health and life-extending benefits. Known as oleuropein, it is the polyphenol that can help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure.

The olive tree (Olea europaea) produces oleuropein abundantly in its leaves as well as in the olive fruit itself and special processing techniques now allow for the extraction of a stable, standardized form of oleuropein. That means that consumers can have access to one of the most beneficial components of olive oil without the necessity of consuming excessive amounts of olive oil.

The purported cholesterol-lowering effects of olive leaf extract likely come from oleuropein, a substance in the leaf. "Prescription for Herbal Healing" states that a 1994 experiment indicated that oleuropein reduces the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins, or bad cholesterol.

Additionally, a Tunisian study, published in the November 2008 journal Chemico-biological Interactions, found that oleuropein-rich extracts from olive leaves significantly lower cholesterol levels.

However, this study was performed on animals, and few current trials on humans are available.

According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, olive leaf extract may help reduce high cholesterol levels.

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