Reasons to embrace the ‘good leaf’

You’ve probably heard about the multiple benefits of olive oil – but did you know the leaf of the olive plant also offers a wealth of goodness?

While olive oil is loved for its flavour and health benefits, it isn’t the olive tree’s only offering.

Olive leaf extract is derived from the silvery green leaf of the tree, and is increasingly being recognised for its host of benefits.

So what’s all the fuss about it?

It’s been loved through the ages

Rich in antioxidants and thought to have been used as far back as ancient Egypt, the fruit and leaves of the olive tree have been appreciated in the Mediterranean diet for years.

It has been used as an antioxidant agent, and in traditional Western medicine to help relieve mild fevers, coughs, and mild fluid retention, stimulate gastric secretions and support the immune system.

It has also been found to relieve inflammation, help maintain healthy cholesterol and support cardiovascular system health, as well as general health and wellbeing.

It contains powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols

Olive leaves contain the highest concentration of antioxidant polyphenols from the olive tree.

Polyphenols are compounds found in plants that help them to combat pests, bacteria and other stresses.

It’s thought that some of the benefits of the popular Mediterranean diet may be specific to olive tree polyphenols.

The unusually named oleuropein is one of the main polyphenols that makes olive leaf extract so important.

The secret of oleuropein

It is thought that olive leaf’s beneficial activity comes from this unique molecule, responsible for most of the olive leaf extract’s antioxidant characteristics.

Oleuropein provides the unique flavour found in high-quality extra virgin olive oils, and is found in very high levels in olive leaves.

In olive leaf extract, manufacturers are able to stabilise a high concentration of oleuropein – meaning that as consumers, we’re able to reap its benefits with the convenience of an easy to take daily dose.

Easy everyday support – investment in the future you

So now you know about its benefits, how do you get more olive leaf extract in your life?

Comvita Olive Leaf Extract is made from the fresh leaves of olive trees grown and nurtured at its farms in Queensland for more than 20 years.

Importantly, the polyphenols are extracted from the leaf within mere hours from harvest, to ensure the extract retains maximum naturally occurring polyphenols.

Comvita Olive Leaf Extract liquids are available in one-litre and 500mL sizes in three flavours (natural, mixed berry and peppermint). There’s also a 200mL mixed berry version for kids.

Taken daily, Olive Leaf Extract can provide antioxidant support, to help your body keep going through the seasonal stress.

* This post is brought to you by Comvita Olive Leaf Extract. Always read the label. Follow directions for use. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner.