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Olive Leaf Extract

Fresh Olive Leaf Extract - Nature's synergy

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Nature's intelligence is all around us. In this video we take you into the special world of our Olive Leaf Farm and the people who help tend and harvest the trees that make our fresh Comvita Olive Leaf Extract.

 
The Mediterranean diet is well known for a range of health benefits, including the possibility of a longer life and less likely to put on weight, partly due to the healthy antioxidants derived from the high intake of olive oil, made from olive fruit. For many centuries, the fresh leaves of the olive tree have also been used for daily maintenance.
 
Everyone knows the benefits of Olive Oil, chefs worldwide regard it extremely highly and is a popular ingredient for a vast number of dishes. This is because Olive Oil is a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) which is an unsaturated fat, which gives certain health benefits. MUFAs may help lower the risk of heart disease by reducing the total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. 
 
Comvita Olive Leaf Extract works in the same way, but stronger. Research shows that fresh Olive Leaf Extract plays a role in maintaining a normal cholesterol level and can also play a role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. 
 
We farm naturally using vermiculture (worm created fertilisers) and pristine irrigation water, combined with immediate transfer of freshly harvested leaves to the processing plant. From the growing of our trees to the bottling of our extract, we have total control over the entire production process. That is why our Olive Leaf Extract will always be consistent maintaining 66 mg oleuropein per capsule and 22mg per dose of the liquid, ensuring the same dosage for every application.
 
Recent research by two Australian universities* shows that Comvita’s globally unique olive leaf extract 'made from fresh leaves' contains 30 times more antioxidants than the equivalent amount of the best virgin olive oils.
*Queensland University; Southern Cross University, NSW.

Many people are quickly realising that Comvita Olive Leaf Extract is a supplement with a wide range of benefits. While some people are using it throughout winter, many more are finding it improves wellbeing all year round; Thanks to the unique composition which includes 66mg of oleuropein, along with zinc and copper for immune support. Our new Olive Leaf Extract Immune Support Capsules can provide year-round benefits along with natural support for a healthy immune system in a convenient one-per-day capsule.

The main benefit of Comvita’s Olive Leaf Extract derives from the 12 polyphenols which it contains. The polyphenol-rich composition of our olive leaf extract is possible thanks to the unique extraction process we’ve designed to ensure that these valuable, naturally occurring chemicals are kept intact. Because we pick our leaves from Olive trees specially grown for their leaves, not their fruit, and thanks to our special extraction system our Olive Leaf Extract maintains 12 key naturally occurring phytochemical antioxidants, including oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, it is known as Synergy 12.
 
Polyphenols exist throughout the plant kingdom and fresh olive leaves are a particularly rich source of them. Our Olive Leaf Extract is produced with the simple aim of ensuring that as much of this natural goodness is preserved. It contains no reconstituted powders and is made exclusively from fresh olive leaves. 
 
More and more research is being conducted all over the world investigating and discovering new, innovative uses for Olive Leaf Extract.
 

 

 

Olive leaf may be a relatively recent revelation to many of us but mankind has been aware of its powerful medicinal properties for thousands of years. In fact, it was the Ancient Egyptians who first used the leaves of olive trees (Olea europaea) to protect against sickness. Indeed the Egyptians regarded the olive leaf as a symbol of heavenly power and even used it to mummify pharaohs. 

Further historic examples of the olive leaf’s medicinal application can be found at the beginning of the nineteenth century when Spanish doctors used them as a fever reducing ‘febrifuge’, a practice that continued throughout the following decades. 
 
Then, at the dawn of the twentieth century, scientists isolated oleuropein from the olive leaf. It was believed that this bitter compound was the key to the olive tree’s antioxidant properties, a notion that was later lent credibility by a Dutch scientist’s discovery that elenolic acid - one of the primary ingredient in oleuropein - inhibits the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. 
 
Further pioneering research has investigated oleuropein’s potential medical applications including, in 1962, the discovery by an Italian researcher* that it could lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels, enabling blood to flow more easily. This has been further researched by Comvita and the University of Reading**. 
 
 
 
 
*Daniel Hanbury on the febrifuge properties of the olive (Olea Europaea, L). Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial Transactions, pp. 353—354, 1854. 
** Stacey Lockyer, Giulia Corona, Parveen Yaqoob, Jeremy P. E. Spencer and Ian Rowland, 2015, Secoiridoids delivered as olive leaf extract induce acute improvements in human vascular function and reduction of an inflammatory cytokine: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial. Abstract available here.
 

 

 
The Mediterranean diet is well known for a range of health benefits, including the possibility of a longer life and less likely to put on weight, partly due to the healthy antioxidants derived from the high intake of olive oil, made from olive fruit. For many centuries, the fresh leaves of the olive tree have also been used for daily maintenance.
 
Everyone knows the benefits of Olive Oil, chefs worldwide regard it extremely highly and is a popular ingredient for a vast number of dishes. This is because Olive Oil is a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) which is an unsaturated fat, which gives certain health benefits. MUFAs may help lower the risk of heart disease by reducing the total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. 
 
Comvita Olive Leaf Extract works in the same way, but stronger. Research shows that fresh Olive Leaf Extract plays a role in maintaining a normal cholesterol level and can also play a role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. 
 
We farm naturally using vermiculture (worm created fertilisers) and pristine irrigation water, combined with immediate transfer of freshly harvested leaves to the processing plant. From the growing of our trees to the bottling of our extract, we have total control over the entire production process. That is why our Olive Leaf Extract will always be consistent maintaining 66 mg oleuropein per capsule and 22mg per dose of the liquid, ensuring the same dosage for every application.
 
Recent research by two Australian universities* shows that Comvita’s globally unique olive leaf extract 'made from fresh leaves' contains 30 times more antioxidants than the equivalent amount of the best virgin olive oils.
*Queensland University; Southern Cross University, NSW.
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Many people are quickly realising that Comvita Olive Leaf Extract is a supplement with a wide range of benefits. While some people are using it throughout winter, many more are finding it improves wellbeing all year round; Thanks to the unique composition which includes 66mg of oleuropein, along with zinc and copper for immune support. Our new Olive Leaf Extract Immune Support Capsules can provide year-round benefits along with natural support for a healthy immune system in a convenient one-per-day capsule.

The main benefit of Comvita’s Olive Leaf Extract derives from the 12 polyphenols which it contains. The polyphenol-rich composition of our olive leaf extract is possible thanks to the unique extraction process we’ve designed to ensure that these valuable, naturally occurring chemicals are kept intact. Because we pick our leaves from Olive trees specially grown for their leaves, not their fruit, and thanks to our special extraction system our Olive Leaf Extract maintains 12 key naturally occurring phytochemical antioxidants, including oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, it is known as Synergy 12.
 
Polyphenols exist throughout the plant kingdom and fresh olive leaves are a particularly rich source of them. Our Olive Leaf Extract is produced with the simple aim of ensuring that as much of this natural goodness is preserved. It contains no reconstituted powders and is made exclusively from fresh olive leaves. 
 
More and more research is being conducted all over the world investigating and discovering new, innovative uses for Olive Leaf Extract.
 

 

 

History of Olive Leaf

Olive leaf may be a relatively recent revelation to many of us but mankind has been aware of its powerful medicinal properties for thousands of years. In fact, it was the Ancient Egyptians who first used the leaves of olive trees (Olea europaea) to protect against sickness. Indeed the Egyptians regarded the olive leaf as a symbol of heavenly power and even used it to mummify pharaohs. 

Further historic examples of the olive leaf’s medicinal application can be found at the beginning of the nineteenth century when Spanish doctors used them as a fever reducing ‘febrifuge’, a practice that continued throughout the following decades. 
 
Then, at the dawn of the twentieth century, scientists isolated oleuropein from the olive leaf. It was believed that this bitter compound was the key to the olive tree’s antioxidant properties, a notion that was later lent credibility by a Dutch scientist’s discovery that elenolic acid - one of the primary ingredient in oleuropein - inhibits the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. 
 
Further pioneering research has investigated oleuropein’s potential medical applications including, in 1962, the discovery by an Italian researcher* that it could lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels, enabling blood to flow more easily. This has been further researched by Comvita and the University of Reading**. 
 
 
 
 
*Daniel Hanbury on the febrifuge properties of the olive (Olea Europaea, L). Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial Transactions, pp. 353—354, 1854. 
** Stacey Lockyer, Giulia Corona, Parveen Yaqoob, Jeremy P. E. Spencer and Ian Rowland, 2015, Secoiridoids delivered as olive leaf extract induce acute improvements in human vascular function and reduction of an inflammatory cytokine: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial. Abstract available here.