Whether your taste buds prefer green or black varieties, all olives offer terrific nutrition in the form of good-for-you fats, vitamins and minerals. Not only are the fruits—and their oils--of the beautiful evergreen olive tree beneficial, but olive leaves also contain antioxidants and polyphenols that support heart health, including oleuropein. Oleuropein is unique to olive trees and can contribute to both a healthy circulatory system and a healthy immune system.
Oleuropein is found in both olive oil and olive leaves. If you have adopted a Mediterranean diet, which focuses on using olive oil instead of animal-based fats (plus lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fish), chances are you’re eating olive oil—but olive leaves probably haven’t made it to your plate!
Oleuropein is an antioxidant. What does this mean? Antioxidants are substances that protect cells in the human body from oxidation. Oxidation damages cells, just as exposure to oxygen in the air can cause rust on metal objects. Oleuropein in the blood will help to neutralize free radicals, which are oxygen molecules freely roaming the blood, hoping to find cells that they can bond to and weaken.
The antioxidant effects of oleuropein support increased blood flow and improved circulation from head to toe. Our product, Circulation Support combines an extract of olive leaves with an extract from grape-seeds to support a healthy cardiovascular system.
In addition to their health and nutrition value, olives have been prized financially and religiously in Israel for centuries. Next week we’ll step into to the Bible to explore what this ancient fruit meant to those who came before us.