Olive oil is the basis of the Mediterranean diet, and is called the liquid gold of the diet because of its great health properties.
But the leaves of the olive tree also have medicinal and healing properties for health, of which you can benefit. Therefore, today I will tell you in this article up to 8 great benefits to promote a better state of health. If you want to know what they are, do not stop reading!
The leaves of the olive tree and its medicinal uses
I have already spoken to you on another occasion of the benefits of olive oil for your health, and it is possible that both this and the tasty and rich olives, are part of your usual diet benefiting from their great and healthy properties. But, today we are going to know another useful part of the tree that gives these fruits that it is possible that it is not known so deeply, and is that the leaves of the olive tree have been used for medicinal purposes also for centuries to treat multiple ailments and to achieve good health.
The power of the leaves is born from the phytochemical properties of the plant, which make this tree protect itself from diseases and pests. One of these most important phytochemicals, which is present in olive leaves is oleuropein, an active ingredient that directly affects the beneficial effects they have on human health. Other important components that contain these leaves are flavonoids and antioxidants, whose benefits I have already spoken to you on some other occasion. But if you want to know everything that olive leaves can bring to your health, be sure to read this article.
Benefits of olive leaves for health
1. Decrease blood pressure
Olive leaves can regulate blood pressure by preventing hypertension. This is possible thanks to the fact that one of the substances they contain is able to relax the blood vessels and prevent the formation of blood clots, thus improving the circulation of blood through the arteries.
For people who are in an early stage of hypertension, by taking the extract from these leaves, it helps them to widen blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure both systolic and diastolic, although it is possible that in people who are overweight, this effect may not occur.
2. Strengthen the heart
Heart problems can appear at any age, without distinction, but olive leaves can help strengthen your heart, and although it is largely due to its ability to regulate blood pressure, the main contribution to your cardiovascular health is thanks to its contribution to prevent atherosclerosis, a condition that appears when the walls of the arteries harden and narrow due to excessive plaque buildup.
Olive leaves can help to prevent and improve this problem, since the polyphenols they contain prevent the walls of the veins from hardening, the antioxidants decrease the oxidation and fight this problem in the early stages, and also manage to reduce the deposits of fat in the arterial walls preventing inflammation.
3. Regulate blood sugar levels
The compounds that contain olive leaves have the ability to control blood sugar levels by decreasing the absorption of sugars by the intestine.
Thus, thanks to the components contained in the leaves, they help reduce blood sugar levels and restrict the effects of any increase in sugar levels, contributing to the fight against diabetes.
4. Help fight some types of cancer
Thanks to its antioxidant properties, the compounds of olive leaves help fight some types of cancer in its early stages, as they help to slow the growth of malignant cells.
Its content in polyphenols, prevents the growth of new cancer cells, thus stopping the growth of tumors, being effective especially in some types of cancer such as breast cancer.
7. Strengthen the immune system
Thanks to the phytochemicals that contain olive leaves, they accelerate the activity of vitamin C, helping to strengthen the immune system.
For this reason, the extract of olive leaves is useful to prevent and fight against various diseases such as colds, flu and even herpes.
8. Invigorates the skin
The components of olive leaves are used in solar photoresists to protect the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet rays.
In addition, extracts of olive leaves help prevent free radicals from damaging the skin thanks to its anti-aging effect.
The leaves are also effective in healing wounds, helping to reduce inflammation that may appear.
How can olive leaves be taken to benefit from their properties?
To benefit from all these properties, you can acquire the extract of olive leaves or capsules in a herbalist or specialized dietary store and follow the indications of the specialist to take it depending on the results you want to obtain.
Another option is to make infusions with the leaves of the olive tree yourself, so you can benefit from its properties. To prepare it, you can buy the leaves directly, free of pesticides also in herbalists.
Put water to heat and when it breaks to boil, fill a cup of water with a teaspoon of dried olive leaves, allowing it to infuse for at least 10 minutes before straining to separate the remains of the leaves.
You can drink up to three cups a day with food to avoid possible irritation of the stomach, and as the taste is a bit bitter, you can add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten the infusion.