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The science behind free radicals and how olive leaf extract can help

19/05/2020

The science behind free radicals and how olive leaf extract can help

How olive leaf antioxidants can help fight off free radicals

Everyone is focused on doing everything they can to maintain their health and wellbeing right now, which means it’s a great time to talk about free radicals. Unfortunately, though, free radicals aren’t a fun and rebellious rock band from decades ago – like they sound – but instead, they’re unstable molecules in your body.

What’s the problem with free radicals and how do we get them?

We know that these free radicals can be produced as by-products of normal metabolism, but they can also be generated by chemicals in our environment such as smoke, air and water pollution, and sunlight(1).

The problem is, too many free radicals in your body can reduce the effectiveness of your immune responses(2). This build up is otherwise known as ‘oxidative stress’.

So, this is where the antioxidant benefits of olive leaves come in.

How Olive Leaf Extract could make your body healthier and more resilient

This incredibly concentrated substance (extract), contains high levels of phenolic and polyphenolic compounds known for their antioxidant effects(3).

In fact, 100g of fresh olive leaves contains over 60 times more phenolics than 100ml of olive oil.

Essentially, antioxidants work to benefit our health because they help to neutralise unstable free radicals in our bodies(4). Unsurprisingly, this is one of the reasons why the Mediterranean diet – where olive oil is the principal source of fat, is often praised as a suitable diet for cardiovascular health(5).

The health benefits of ‘the good leaf’

The health benefits of naturally occurring compounds found in the olive tree have been known for a long time. Since then, experts and scientists all over the world have been continuing to help us better understand how we can build healthier bodies by maximising our intake of these important antioxidants found in olive leaves. So, perhaps now’s the time to give it a go! Find out more here.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.

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  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/302978951_Free_Radicals_From_Health_to_Disease
  2. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/antioxidants
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0308814600002880
  4. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/antioxidants
  5. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/23660729_The_phenolic_compounds_of_olive_oil_Structure_biological_activity_and_beneficial_effects_on_human_health