Medicinal Value of Olive Leaves

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In ancient time, Egyptians and Greeks used the leaves of olive for cleaning wounds. Islam also emphasized much on olive too in the Holy book of "Quran" and Holy Prophet "Muhammad" peace be upon him stressed on use of olive. After centuries now Experiments shows that olive leaves have an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effect.

The olive tree is a well-known medicinal plant and laboratory's experiments have shown that olive leaves have an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effect. They are a strong antioxidant as well.

The olive leaves have been denoted as a symbol of abundance, glory and peace. They were used to crown the winners of games and sports in early days by placing a wreath formed by the leaves. The constituents of the olive leaf include the antioxidant, oleuropein and Hydroxytyrosol.

The extract is use in alternate medicine as a natural antibiotic with healing properties. It also fights viral infections as those of colds and flu, Herpes, and the Epstein Barr Virus. It is good for the heart as it lowers LDL cholesterol and relaxes arteries. Scientists have been looking into the beneficial effects of olive leaves on high blood pressure, a silent killer and gradually increasing in incidence all over the world. A study carried out in Germany and Switzerland has now proved the blood pressure lowering effects of the olive leaf as published in the latest issue of the Journal, Physiotherapy Research.

This study was carried out on 40 twins, between the ages of 18 and 60 years for eight weeks. The extract was obtained from dry olive leaves and put into capsules. One of the twins was given 500 mg and the other 1000mg of the extract at breakfast. The results showed that those who took a higher dose had an eleven mm Hg fall in the systolic Blood Pressure, whereas the other group had a five mm decrease.

There was a significant reduction in the LDL cholesterol of the subjects on the high dose extract. Olive leaves besides the fruits are also beneficial for health. This tree, which is known since centuries with the good effects of all its parts, fruit, leaves and oil. According to Greek mythology, Athena, the Goddess of heroic endeavor, gifted the tree to the city of Athens.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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