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Comvita Olive Leaf Complex
Olive leaf extract: There is always a sales pitch for otc cures which have not been subjected to controlled trials, and the snake oil purveyors still make a profit. Not to say this may not work for some people, but don't you think if it were beneficial that you would not have to ask this question? Try it, you have nothing to lose but your $. ...Read more
Treat hypertension: There are some potential use for olive leaf extract as anti oxidant, anti bacterial or anti viral effect but there is no scientific study to prove it, there is one recent study for treating hypertension: bsusalit e, agus n, effendi i, et al. Olive (olea europaea) leaf extract effective in patients with stage-1 hypertension: comparison with captopril. Phytomedicine. 2011 feb 15;18(4):251-8. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you go and buy a product such as "olive leaf extract" from walgreens store for only like $ 4-16 does it mean its wont work or it can be dangerous?
Quality is the issue: There is no evidence the olive product is harmful. It is really a matter of quality and strength. I is much like a car, you can travel in a junker or a new mercedes. You may get where you want with either vehicle but you will more likly get there with speed, eas and comfort with the mercedes. ...Read more
Haven't heard of any: New extracts, often with similar health claims (anti-oxidant, anti-aging, anti-stretch marks, anti-biotic, etc...), show up on the market every day. Marketing material usually refer to some non-scientific science that leads to some wonderful testimonials from people. There may or may not be anything good about olive leaf extract. ...Read more
Quite a few.: Olive leaf extract is known for its properties as antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflamatory . If you are ill, it can also decrease recovery from illness as well as its severity. A number of cases claim its healing effect on arthritis and even gastro-esophageal reflux disease. ...Read more
Probably but...: Olive leaf extract appears to be a broad-spectrum anti-microbial, effective against a wide variety of viruses, bacteria & fungi in the lab. I haven't found any published clinical studies on it for herpes but many patients claim it helps. While more research is needed it's safe to try. I'm more impressed with topical melissa (lemon balm) for herpes-see http://www.Med.Nyu.Edu/content?Chunkiid=21570. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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