Some of you may be familiar with Olivir, our olive leaf extract, and may have used it for various viruses, etc. Well, more good news regarding olive leaf extract, recent research found it to be effective in fighting Leishmaniasis.
Leishmaniasis is a protozoan parasitic disease, that even with modern medicine, remains a world wide heath problem. It is more problematic in developing countries like Africa and the Mediterranean basin, so it is not something you are likely to see here in the U.S.
Since we work with a lot of missionaries traveling to this part of the we have seen this in patients that visit there. Due to this potential problem, along with the many others in third world countries, we always suggest those that travel there start taking the Olivir a few days prior to leaving and continue until they return. This has accounted for many happy travelers over the years.
This new research on the Leishmaniasis interesting in that it showed the effectiveness of the oleuropein, one of the active ingredients of olive leaf extract, “persisted and was even enhanced 6 weeks after the termination of the treatment”. That fact in itself is very promising, and rare for any treatment method. This was determined by parasite depletion of >95% in the liver and spleen of the infected individuals.
We have clinically used the Olivir brand of olive leaf extract for over 17 years and some of the results we have seen have truly been remarkable. Now to find that it can even be effective against something as bad as Leishmaniasis is even more remarkable. This is the reason we suggest it to be a component in everyone’s medicine chest. It is prominent in ours for sure.