The olive branch has become a symbol of peace, and even appears on the flag of the United Nations. We have heard plenty about the health benefits of olive oil, but very few of the health benefits of olive leaves.
In a study conducted in Spain in 2011, researchers discovered that the Oleuropein found in olive oil encourages the production of osteroblasts – large cells responsible for the development of the bone, which prevent osteoporosis and decreases in bone mass.
They help prevent or slow down the development of cancer.
Findings from a study conducted in 2010-2011 show that the active ingredient in olive leaves can slow down the development of cancer cells in women suffering from breast cancer, as well as slowing down the development of melanoma in cells that were taken from mice.
They fight against bacterial and viral infections.
Oleuropein is especially useful in fighting against micro-organisms such as viruses and bacteria. It transforms into elenolic acid in the body, which stops the reproduction of amino acids in viruses and bacteria, thus preventing them from replicating and spreading.
Oleuropein’s ability to fight against germs can cure infections and relieve inflammation.