Through history the use of the olive fruit, oil and leaf is well documented.  Hippocrates, the Green physician known as the “father of medicine” prescribed olive oil for ulcers, cholera and muscular pains.  ¹In the early 1900’s a bitter compound from the leaf called oleuropein was isolated and determined to be part of the olive tree’s powerful disease fighting properties.  In 1962 researchers found that oleuropein could lower blood pressure, and increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmias, and prevent intestinal muscle spasms.  In the late 1960’s, researchers showed that olive leaf could kill many kinds of viruses, including retroviruses, bacteria, fungal and parasitic protozoans.

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