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Olive leaf extract is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial agent, and it is also the first botanical mentioned in the Bible: "And the dove came in to him in the evening, and lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off. So Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth." (Genesis 8:11 King James Bible.)

A few thousand years later, in Ezekiel 47:12, God speaks of a tree: "The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine." Then, in Revelations, at the very end of the New Testament, there is an angelic vision of a "tree of life" whose leaves "were for the healing of the nations."

In 1854, the Pharmaceutical Journal carried a report by Daniel Hanbury, wherein he said he had discovered olive leaf was an effective tincture and that he had used it successfully in treating his patients in Britain. Dr. Hanbury believed that a bitter substance in the leaves was the key healing ingredient, and he was right. (56)

Many years later, scientists isolated a bitter substance in the olive leaf and named it oleuropein. This chemical is what makes the olive tree resistant to insect and bacterial damage. Oleuropein is removed from olives when they are cured, so eating olives alone is not going to supply you with this remarkably curative substance.

In 1962, about 100 years later, an Italian researcher reported that ingesting oleuropein lowered blood pressure. Other European researchers confirmed this. They also discovered that olive leaf extract could increase blood flow in coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmias, and prevent intestinal muscle spasms, an important element in treating hepatitis C victims.

A Dutch researcher further determined that the active ingredient in oleuropein is a substance called elenolic acid. In the late 1960s, when drug experimentation was at its best, scientists at Upjohn, a major American pharmaceutical company, demonstrated that elenolic acid inhibited the growth of viruses. In fact, it stopped every virus that it was tested against.

Medical researcher Morton Walker, D.P.M., wrote about olive leaf extract in the July 1996 issue of the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients: "the intake of flavonoids is correlated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease indicating that the daily intake of olive oil and/or olive leaf extract containing phenols will likely bring on a similar result." (57)

According to James R. Privitera, M.D., some of the unique properties of olive leaf are as follows:

An ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for the survival of viruses;
  An ability to contain viral infection and/or spread of it by inactivating the viruses or by preventing virus shedding, budding, or assembly at the cell membrane;
  The ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication;
  In the case of retroviruses, olive leaf extract is able to neutralize the production of transcriptase (a protease), which is essential for enabling retroviruses such as HIV to alter the RNA of a healthy cell; and
  It can stimulate phagocytosis, an immune system response in which cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter (such as bacteria and viruses.) (58)

Olive leaf extract has been shown to be effective against herpes, flu and colds, bacterial infections, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, vaginal yeast infections, skin conditions, malaria, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Considering the serious side effects and shortcomings of pharmaceutical drugs, it would be wise to at least try olive leaf for these problems prior to exposing ones' self to chemical synthetics.

During my treatment I took:
One 500 mg. of olive leaf extract capsule three days a week.


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