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Does Olive Leaf Extract Kill Good Bacteria In The Intestine
I'm taking probiotics and prebiotics. Do enemas kill good bacteria in the intestines? (using water/chamomile/coffee for enema)
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans overgrowth in your intestinal tract?
Candidal overgrowth: This urban myth has not been scientifically proven, but it has not been disproved. The "balance" between bacterial flora and yeast cells in the intestinal tract (colon) is generally regulated by what you eat. If you choose to add unpasteurized yogurt to your diet it may well change the character of your stools, since it contains lactobacilli. Same available as a probiotic for oral use. ...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
How is good bacteria overgrowth in the intestines distinguished from bad bacteria overgrowth? Should I see a gastro for my suspicions?
Multiple ways: There are multiple ways this is determined. While not commonly done, a quantitative aspiration of bacteria from the small intestine can be done. But hydrogen or methane breath test and D-xylose testing can be also done. Also very common is seeing a patient's response to an empiric(trial) course of antibiotics; if one improves with antibiotics that it suggests overgrowth. ...Read more
No: It does not have any antibacterial effects. ...Read more
It depends: Zpak is a brand of Azithromycin which is a cousin of erythromycin, both members of macrolide class. Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a brand of Levofloxacin which is a quinolone & cousin of Ciprofloxacin (cipro). Both are good against some but have different effectiveness w/other bacteria due to different mechanisms of action. For upper respiratory infections like pneumonia, they should both be fine. But c&s is ideal. ...Read more
Chances of clostridium difficile returning after 2days of flagyl. 16days vancomyclin. Does the vanco or Flagyl kill the good bacteria too?
My periodontist said I can take Periostat (doxycycline) indefinitely. Is this true, or is there a danger with constantly taking it (as it could kill good bacteria)?
Low dose not harmful: Periostat is a low dose of the antibiotic doxycycline found to be helpful with adult periodontitis. At this dose the effect on mouth bacteria is minimal. It is a medication often prescribed at a much higher dose for long term control of acne. The biggest concern would be pregnancy which you may not be worried about at this point. ...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 more
No problem.: They can be taken together!Get a more detailed answer ›
No: It has no value for that issue. ...Read more
Can I take olive leaf extract in the am before I eat if I'm also taking armour thyroid at the same time?
What you taking these things for? Did a doctor prescribe these? If you have any symptoms, please consult a doctor for an evaluation.
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Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...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
Not known to be: While gingko may interact with certain pharmaceutical drugs, there are no known interactions between olive leaf extract and gingko and no reason to think the combination would be harmful. ...Read more
I wanna buy olive leaf extract capsules for immune system health and viruses. But I don't know which bottle to order online. Do they all work the same?
Never heard of: I am unaware that olive leaf extract bolster one's immune system. You may be better off by getting your vitamin d3 to the optimal level (60 ng). This can only be assessed by getting a blood test however. ...Read more
No: No it should not but why on earth should you want to take it? ...Read more
Can I take olive leaf extract with combination birth control pills, or will it impact contraceptive effectiveness?
Studies show that olive leaf extract interacts with the hiv's enzyme and proteins from stopping the virus from replicating thus destroying the HIV !?
Not enough: That's a far cry from showing that it will be beneficial to people with HIV infection. Lots of things destroy HIV that we can't use for treatment. We already have great drugs that stop viral replication. What we need now is something that rids the body of latent infection. Neither killing the virus nor stopping its replication will do that. ...Read more
Are there any interactions between bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and olive leaf extract? or can I take them simultaneously? also, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) & garlic extract/monoluarin?
Most important thing: you must know when taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is that it can form crystals in your kidneys if you don't hydrate enough. So taking larges amount of filtered water to protect your kidneys is paramount. Olive leaf extract which is the heart of the mediterranean diet should not pose a problem, but it's always good to take your supplements separately from your medications in general. You can take UR supplements. ...Read more
Not encouraged seeMD: Female, does not state age asks; Does olive leaf extract and turmeric react with prednisone (Steroid). Olive leaf extract mostly anti-inflammation herb which also fights viral infections work well with Turmeric, anti-inflammation, blood thinning & Sugar lowering effects. But, Prednisone, also anti-inflammatory used long term can increase Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, Lipids ever cause bleeding ...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 more
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