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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

What good is about olive leaf extract ?

Haven't heard of any

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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.
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Anyone have any thoughts on Olive Leaf Extract?

Olive Leaf is good

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Olive leaf is a good immune booster and also good for lowering blood pressure. We have had success with both
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Dr. Randy S. Baker answered:

Can olive leaf extract help with herpes. ?

Probably but...

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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
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

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

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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.
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Dr. Brian Park answered:

Would olive leaf extract clear up chlymedia or gonnorea?

No

No, olive leaf extract would not clear up chlamydia or gonorrhea. Antibiotic tablets or and intramuscular injection of a synthetic penicillin is required to treat chlamydia or gonorrhea.
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

Is it true that olive leaf extract kill viruses and retroviruses like HIV and HTLV?

Doesn't matter

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I don't know, but it really doesn't matter. There are lots of things that kill HIV, such as soap and water. Killing HIV isn't the answer. The answer is to stop HIV from replicating and to be able to eliminate latent infection, which olive leaf extract won't do.
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Can olive leaf extract cause cancer, or infertility?

No evidence

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There is no evidece for cancer but it has not been studied in pregnancy. I would avoid it if pregnant
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Dr. Rixt Luikenaar answered:

Hi. Is it safe to take olive leaf extract when pregnant?

Why do you take it

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Question yourself about any supplements; no need to take them. You can eat olives, bake in olive oil (healthier then butter). Don't overdo anything (moderation is key). The Mediterrean diet has become popular. Use it wisely. Don't drink alcohol.
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Dr. Victor Bonuel answered:

Will taking Red Palm Oil and Olive Leaf Extract supplements affect the efficacy of antibiotics?

They should not

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Red palm oil, extracted from the fruit of the oil palm tree is rich in Vitamin A & E, increases metabolism and is used by some for weight loss. While Olive leaf extract is being marketed as anti-aging, immunostimulator and antibiotic agents. I advised not to substitute your prescription meds with these herbs. Discuss with your DR about interaction of these herbs with certain meds esp. warfarin.
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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

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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
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