One word that people from all around the world can relate to is "antioxidant." What is the first thing that you think of when someone says it? Probably a long life, right? An antioxidant is the term given to any substance that opposes oxidation. Just as a shiny piece of metal can be dulled and weakened by oxidation, so can the cells in our body. Antioxidants, such as those found in fruits and vegetables, help protect the cells in our body from oxidation and "free radicals." Many healthy people work hard to fill their diets with leafy green veggies, such as spinach and asparagus, because of their abundance of antioxidants. But modern research has revealed yet another super powerful antioxidant, and it's found in what else.......olive leaf!
Recent studies of olive leaf have revealed some amazing facts. ORAC, or better known as Oxygen Radical Absorbence Capacity, is the standard test given to any substance to measure its ability to absorb free radicals. An example of this would be Goji Berries. When measured using the ORAC scale, Goji Juice yields a rating of 1215 of the ORAC scale. This score reflects a highly potent source of antioxidants and this is one of the reason the Goji berry has become so popular lately. When olive leaves were put through the same ORAC test, the results were staggering! Olive leaf pegged the ORAC meter giving a 7608 score! Olive leaf is one of the strongest antioxidant herbs money can buy. The leaf is loaded with antioxidants such as rutin, catechin, and luteolin and considered an antioxidant super food. While used for thousands of years for medicinal use, its use for antioxidant support has not been documented much until the 21st century.
The olive leaf (Olea europaea) grows on the branches of the olive tree, a delightful evergreen. The leaves are oblong shaped and dark green on the top with shades of silver on the back side of the leaf. The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean area but can be found thriving in many other tropical regions around the world. The branches of the tree can span 35 feet into the sky. We all know about those little green fruits, how they look and what they taste like too! A ripened olive changes from green to black over the course of a few weeks.
For those looking to supplement their diet with this amazing leaf, just one teaspoon serving per day of dried olive leaf powder is all it takes. One teaspoon of pure olive leaf powder provides the antioxidant power of multiple servings of vegetables. All natural or organic olive leaf powder can be found in specialty herb stores in your area or purchased online at reputable herb shops such as Florida Herb House and Starwest Botanicals. Make sure you buy your olive leaf powder from a reputable store to assure the best quality for your dollar. The best way to reap the benefits of this amazing leaf is to make a daily health drink with frozen fruits, aloe juice, and then simply add one teaspoon of your olive leaf powder. Some like to add other healthy goodies like wheat grass and flax seeds for even more goodness. A scoop of ice cream here and there won't kill you either. However you decide to boost your immune system, adding olive leaf to your diet is a great start.
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