Using Olive Leaf Extract for Candida is one of the essential steps of a natural Candida cure. It has strong anti-microbial properties that help you get your Candida albicans overgrowth under control.
The scientific name of the olive tree is Olea europaea and it's active ingredient is Oleuropein.
Oleuropein, found throughout the tree, is the same bitter substance that is removed from green olives when they are processed.
Oleuropein has strong anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties.
The Bible refers to the olive tree as the "tree of life". It gained its acclaim when a dove carried an olive branch to Noah's Ark as proof that the flood waters were receding.
The ancient Egyptians believed that olive leaf was a symbol of heavenly power. They extracted olive leave oil and used it to mummify their kings.
In modern times, the healing powers of olive leaf were used in the 1880s to counteract malaria. In the early 1900s, scientists isolated Oleuropein from the olive leaf.
In 1962 an Italian researcher recorded that Oleuropein had the ability to lower blood pressure in animals.
Other European researchers validated that claim and also found it to increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmia and prevent intestinal muscle spasms.
Later a Dutch researcher identified that a primary ingredient in Oleuropein inhibited the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.
Health professionals started using Olive Leaf Extract in 1995 when it first became widely available.
A clinical, double-blind, randomized-placebo control study was performed in Chicago in 1999. The study was conducted in 30 subjects for 60 days.
The results are that virtually all of the subjects that took the Olive Leaf Extract had their symptoms reduced by greater than 50% with no apparent side effects.
The good folks at Olivus created a video about making Olive Leaf Tea. In it they show how they raise their olive trees and how they pick and wash the leaves. They also list all of the benefits of using olive leaf tea, capsules and extract. Check it out.
Olive Leaf Extract is an important herb to use in conquering your Candida infection. It is also useful in preventing numerous other infections.
I used to get a couple of colds each winter and the flu at least once a year. Since I began taking Olive Leaf daily as a preventative, I no longer get any colds or flus.
My friends and family are always asking me why I don't get sick any more. I always tell them "I have a diet for that." I also recommend that they take Olive Leaf daily.
If you are the type that needs a step by step checklist for treating your Candida overgrowth including recommended brands and dosages, you will be interested in the book "Candida Albicans - The Hidden Disease".
Scroll down to find dosage information, costs, my recommended brands, contraindications and the references I used in writing this page.
Olive Leaf Extract – two 500 mg capsules four to six times daily, with meals.
You need a total of 4000-6000 mg per day.
The pills you take should be standardized to 20% Oleuropein. If not, do the math to determine the number of pills to take. If yours is only 10% Oleuropein, you need to take twice as many, etc.
$20 to $50 per month, depending on brand
A safety study on calcium elenolate (one of the main ingredients of Olive Leaf) was tested with laboratory animals and published by the Upjohn pharmaceutical company in 1970. The study concluded that even in doses several hundred times higher than recommended; no toxic or other adverse side effects were discovered.
One side effect most Candida sufferers will experience is "die-off" otherwise known as Herxheimer's Reaction. This is a detoxification reaction and not a counteraction to the product.
If any of these symptoms should occur - greater fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle/joint aches or flu-like symptoms, temporarily discontinue taking Olive Leaf Extract or cut back on the amount taken until the body can eliminate the toxic waste.
A few individuals have reported a slight headache due to detoxification. If this should occur, any common pain reliever seems to work to curb the discomfort.