(NaturalNews) A strong immune system means the body will easily be able to combat any seasonal cold or flu virus that comes your way. Olive leaf extract acts to prevent the onset of colds and flu by acting as a powerful immune booster. It fights a range of viruses, bacterial infections and parasites that cause infections and disease.
How does Olive Leaf Extract Combat Colds and Flu?
The main constituent of olive leaf is the phytochemical oleuropein. Other ingredients include esters, multiple iridoids, rutin, apigenin, luteolin and more. Olive leaf has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and it appears to interact with the protein in cold and flu virus particles to halt infection, according to the Alternative Medicine Review.
In other words, it stops viral infections or halts the spread of viruses by actually stopping viral replication. According to Zest for Life, "Research indicates that olive leaf extract may be a true anti-viral compound, as it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system. Because of this, it may be useful when looking to fight influenza, the common cold, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and other viral infections".
How to take Olive Leaf Extract
Many adults take 5ml (one teaspoon) three times daily with food to act as an immune booster. It would appear that many people who take olive leaf extract daily find great relief from symptoms such as continual tiredness and respiratory conditions. Being a natural product, it continues to actively assist the body's immune system regardless of how many months or years it is taken for.
It is important to note that dried leaves or extracts are not as potent as those that are freshly gathered and naturally processed. Look for an olive leaf product that has been processed through organic farming methods as well as natural production techniques.
More Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract
In addition to treating coughs and sore throats, olive leaf extract is said to fight disorders such as cystitis, fever and gout. Poultices from olive leaves are also said to be effective in treating boils, rashes, warts and other skin problems.
Olive leaf extract is also useful in boosting energy levels and assisting with chronic fatigue as well as helping with allergies. In addition, research into the ability of olive leaf extract to counter elevated blood pressure is positive.
Consult a qualified naturopathic practitioner or herbal practitioner before treating infections or viruses with olive leaf extract, particularly if prescription drugs are being taken.
Fleur Hupston is a professional freelance writer. She is passionate about natural, healthy living and is currently studying to be a naturopath. She divides her time between writing for Natural News and various other sites, home schooling her children and studying part time.