Cardiovascular Effects of Olive Leaf Extract
A just-published, double-blind, randomized, parallel and active-controlled clinical study showed that olive leaf extract could lower blood pressure in patients with stage-1 hypertension.
Study participants took olive leaf extract, 500 mg, twice per day for 8 weeks. The average blood pressure at the start of the study was 149/94. The average blood pressure at the end of the study was 137/89, a statistically significant improvement and very similar to the results achieved by an ACE inhibitor medication (which was also tested in the study).
Additionally, olive leaf extract also significantly lowered triglycerides, another important aspect that supports improved cardiovascular well being by taking extra fat blobs out of the circulation and thereby helping blood flow better. In comparison, the ACE inhibitor did not lower triglycerides. This information implies that olive leaf extract was improving metabolism as part of its method for lowering blood pressure, an important distinction between the often toxic mechanisms by which drugs change numbers.
Olive leaf extract is a potent anti-oxidant and well known as one of Mother Nature’s top immune support nutrients. It is certainly building an array of science showing that it may also be a good choice as part of a metabolic support program.
Olive Leaf Extract and Blood Pressure Phytomedicine. Susalit E, Agus N, Effendi I, Tjandrawinata RR, Nofiarny D, Perrinjaquet-Moccetti T, Verbruggen M.