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The Source of Goodness

The use of olive leaf extract is steeped in history, with affirmative scientific tests datingback to the 19th Century. From initial studies that isolated a class of chemical compound called phenols, to the flood of investigative research that this original testing engendered, olive leafextracttoday remainsone of the most excitingand unique herbal discoveries.

The extract from olive leaves contains various trace elements that are vital to good health,including Vitamin C, iron, zinc, selenium, chromium,betacarotene,and a wide range of important amino acids. Olive leaf extract is also a rich source of antioxidants. Traditionally, olive leaf extract has been used to treat fevers,cold and flus, common coughs and asthma.

Olive leaf extract is well known to help maintain a normal and healthy cardiovascular system and assist in the maintenance of normal heart function.

The Role of Herbal Alternatives in Modern Medicine

Of recent concern is that the widespread use, and possibly over use, of current antibiotics and prescription drugs – once hailed conventional medicine's most powerful weapons – is actually causing the targeted microbes to become more resilient, resulting in mutating illnesses that elude the effect of antibiotics. Some health experts predict that even the most common bacterial infections may one day pose serious health problems.

In light of this, and as part of the daily fight against bacteria, viruses and fungi, the centuries-old proven use of plants and plant extracts is becoming more widely adopted in the mainstream health care industry as being an important, major factor in the daily well-being of the body and its immune system. The natural aspect of the medicinal potential in plants, such as the olive leaf, makes their use complementary and advantageous to a healthy lifestyle.

The Herxheimer Effect

Sometimes when people start taking cleansing supplements that fight free radicals and microbes, they may experience unwanted, but harmless short-term symptoms, such as fatigue, mild headaches, muscle or joint pain, or minor rashes. This is because the supplement is 'cleansing' the body and killing off unwanted pathological microbes. The body has begun its natural healing process to get rid of these toxins with the help of the supplement. It is when this load of toxins is too great for the body's organs of elimination to handle, that people may experience these short-term, undesirable symptoms. This is called the 'healing effect', or the 'Herxheimer Effect'.

Not everyone will experience the Herxheimer Effect, but for those who do, it is important to remember that it is completely normal and will not last long. These symptoms simply indicate that the supplement has begun its work and is effectively eliminating some of the causes of ill health.

So, what can be done to assist this healing effect and minimise the symptoms associated with cleansing?

Many health practitioners recommend drinking plenty of water in between doses of the supplement, especially in the first couple of weeks. This helps keep the lymphatic system and the kidneys functioning properly and makes them more capable of handling the excess toxins.