How olive leaf extract supports immunity and gut health

Looking for the health and wellness edge this winter? The humble leaf of one of the oldest trees known to man may hold a key to supporting immune system health.

Cultivated by humankind and used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, olive trees really are the wellness gift that keeps on giving.

As well as olive oil, a major factor in the many purported benefits of the Mediterranean diet, the leaf of the tree also has powerful health and wellbeing properties.

So, let’s talk about olive leaf extract

Olive leaf extract is a natural supplement derived from the leaves of Olea europaea and is high in oleuropein, a type of phenolic compound also found in extra-virgin olive oil (but is more concentrated in olive leaf extract).

We know a well-functioning immune system can help fend off harmful germs.

With strong antioxidant properties, olive leaf has been traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to support immune system health and relieve symptoms of common colds and flu.

One US review suggests olive leaf compounds interact with the protein of virus particles, reducing their ability to infect and also slowing the replication of viruses known to cause colds and flu.

There’s also promising research on the powerful anti-microbial properties of compounds like oleuropein.

It’s thought they can alter the gut microbiota community, re-balancing in favour of beneficial microbes and helping to maintain healthy gut function.

Building on this theme, Henry Blooms Bio-Fermented Olive Leaf Extract contains olive leaves together with probiotics to promote good intestinal flora.

All in the way it’s fermented

Henry Blooms use a unique bio-fermentation process called MultiplyPlus® resulting in a more bio-available (easily absorbed) and bio-active formula to support digestive health and general wellbeing.

The six strains of probiotics used in the fermentation process include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium lactis and Saccharomyces cerevisiae (boulardii).

Glucose, lactose and alcohol free, Henry Blooms Bio-Fermented Olive Leaf Extract combines the benefits of bio-fermentation with the natural goodness of olive leaves and the equivalent of 75mg oleuropein per serve.

* This post is brought to you by Henry Blooms Bio-Fermented Olive Leaf Extract. Always read the label and follow directions for use. Vitamin and mineral supplements should not replace a balanced diet. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.