You have heard of it and you most likely know someone who swears by it, but what exactly is Olive Leaf Extract?
Olive Leaf Extract is a supplement produced from olive leaves and no, it is not the same as olive oil! Olive Leaf Extract contains the healthy compounds found within an olive leaf – and it is used as a traditional herbal remedy for general health and wellbeing. Olive oil on the other hand, comes from the olive fruit itself. Olive oil is the fresh juice of the olive fruit and is a commonly used fat or oil in the diet.
A quality olive leaf extract will be made from fresh olive leaves that have been well looked after in the perfect, Mediterranean style climate. Did you know that Victoria, Australia has a similar climate to parts of the Mediterranean?
FRESH VS DRY LEAVES, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Like any herbal supplement you buy, it’s the quality and source of the natural ingredient that really matters. The type of leaves used to make olive leaf extract can either be fresh or dry. Using fresh leaves, that means leaves taken straight from the olive tree with no further drying, will result in an olive leaf extract with a unique antioxidant profile that is highly representative of the natural profile found in the olive leaf. Wellgrove Olive Leaf Extract uses only fresh olive leaves sourced from Cobram Estate’s olive groves. The leaves are processed within 6 hours of being picked from the olive trees, without the use of chemicals, alcohol solvents or excessive heat. Some olive leaf extract products are made from dry leaves (check the front of the label to find out). Dry leaf products typically contain lower levels of overall antioxidant.1
WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT?
The wide variety of healthy antioxidants found in olive leaf extract is a good reason why you should take it. Our bodies need antioxidants to help reduce and remove potentially harmful toxins. Antioxidants are well known to help support our bodies immune and cardiovascular system.2,3 Olive leaf extracts will contain varying amounts of antioxidants.
Traditional evidence shows that olive leaf extract may help relieve symptoms of common colds and flu and overall help support immune health*. At a higher strength of antioxidants (oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol), olive leaf extract helps support cardiovascular health.
WELLGROVE OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT
Wellgrove is the wellness arm of Australia’s largest olive grower, Boundary Bend Limited. We are holistic farmers, caring for over 2.5 million olive trees through every step of their lifecycle journey, from nursery to planting and the annual harvest. We aim to capture all of the natural goodness from the olive tree, enabling us to deliver superior quality, naturally sourced and fully-traceable Australian-grown products to our customers. Our olive mills and olive groves are situated across Northern Victoria and are home to 2.5 million olive trees.
Wellgrove Olive Leaf Extract is available in two different strengths – Immune Support and Heart Health. On the product packaging this is referred to as ‘standardisation’ which describes the level of the main natural herbal component that the product will always be guaranteed to contain. The most abundant herbal compound (or antioxidant) found in olive leaf extract is oleuropein, and Wellgrove is standardized to contain this.
Wellgrove Immune Support is available in liquid or capsule form and is standardised to contain 75mg of Oleuropein per dose. Wellgrove Immune Support is recommended to help relieve symptoms of common colds and flu and to help support their immune system.*
Wellgrove Heart Health Extra Strength** is a higher strength olive leaf extract and standardised to contain 110mg of Oleuropein per dose. Wellgrove Heart Heath is recommended to help support cardiovascular health.
HOW DO YOU TAKE OLE?
Wellgrove Olive Leaf Extract is available in liquid and capsule form and recommended as a daily natural health and wellness supplement. It is recommended to take 15mL of liquid Wellgrove Immune Support or Heart Health daily. It is recommended to take 2 capsules of Wellgrove Immune Support or Heart Health daily. Please read the label and follow the directions for use.
Please speak to your healthcare professional to make sure olive leaf extract is suitable for you.
If you have any medical conditions or take any medications it is important to make sure they are all safe and compatible with olive leaf extract.
*Olive Leaf Extract has been traditionally used in Western Herbal Medicine to help relieve symptoms of common colds and flu and helps support immune system health.
**Wellgrove Heart Health Extra Strength contains 47% more total antioxidants per dose than Wellgrove Immune Support.
1. Ian Breakspear, Preliminary results: Olive leaf extrat in cardiovascular care: a phytochemical comparison of extracts in the Australian marketplace, May 2019
2. Lee O-H, Lee B-Y. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of individual and combined phenolics in Olea europaea leaf extract. Bioresource technology. 2010;101(10):3751-4.
3. Umeno A, Takashima M, Murotomi K, Nakajima Y, Koike T, Matsuo T, et al. Radical-scavenging activity and antioxidative effects of olive leaf components oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol in comparison with homovanillic alcohol. Journal of oleo science. 2015;64(7):793-800.