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Discover 11 Amazing Health Benefits of Olive Tea

Let’s start with what is a Herbal Tea? Herbal tea is not a true tea technically, as it is not derived from the Camellia sinensis plant (i.e. the plant that is used to create black, oolong, green, and white teas).

Instead, herbal teas are an infusion or a blend of various leaves, fruits, bark, roots, or flowers belonging to almost any edible, non-tea plant. Herbal teas have been used as natural remedies for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years. Interestingly, modern science has begun to find evidence supporting some of the traditional uses of herbal teas, as well as some new ones.

The benefits of herbal teas are as numerous and varied as the herbs themselves. Some teas may help soothe cold symptoms, while others may help to relieve stress. In other words, there is a herbal tea to complement every lifestyle, every taste preference, and every wellness goal.

Our ancient ancestors were on to something when they began implementing tea, herbs, and spices into their health regiment. Not only does it taste great, but it can also help you feel great too.

In this article, we focus on the benefits of Olive Leaf Herbal Teas. The Mediterranean diet got something very right when it comes to olives!

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Olive fruit and oil are well-known for their rich stores of heart-healthy, skin-loving monounsaturated fats (MUFAs). And eating a diet rich in olive fats is one of the foremost longevity-touting tenets of the Mediterranean Diet. Olives are also very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Oleuropein is the most abundant antioxidant in fresh, unripe olives. It is linked to many health benefits. But unripe olives are rarely fit for direct consumption by humans. [5]

But the leaves of these beautiful trees, anciently-held symbols of abundance and peace, have a whole slew of health benefits to offer too. They contain more Oleuropein as compared to olive oil or olive fruit! Many traditional cultures used these leaves for their medicinal purposes.

Like Superfoods that host a multitude of health benefits, olive teas can be the queen of teas. And can be appropriately termed Super Teas! Some of the many health benefits associated with olive leaf infusions are as follows:

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1. Boosts Immunity and Helps Your Body Fight Pathogens:

Olive leaves contain almost 10 times the amount of oleuropein found in olive oil, which is the most abundant phenolic compound found in the olive plant. [6] [7]

Oleuropein is a strong antioxidant. This compound shows antimicrobial and antiviral powers and can help your body fight viruses and bacteria, both in the lab and in a living system [8]

Olive leaves can easily be consumed by humans in the form of herbal tea to reap these massive benefits to boost immunity! But the leaves need to be dried using a certain method at the right temperature to ensure these benefits are preserved in the teas! Our teas are made using very careful processes of drying and packaging to ensure maximum benefit retention!

2. Improves Heart Health

Research suggests olive leaf infusions can help reduce bad cholesterol in the blood when taken regularly. Cholesterol levels can decrease significantly after 6-8 weeks of use! [11]

Compounds in Olive Leaves have been shown to help prevent the formation of arterial plaques related to heart attacks and strokes.

3. Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Olive leaf extract may help lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. A 2017 study found that olive leaf extract successfully lowered blood pressure. Lower blood pressure can reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack. [9]

4. Supports Weight Management

Oleuropein can also help prevent weight gain and aid in weight loss. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect of an olive leaf infusion can help support a healthy metabolism.

In addition to adopting a healthier lifestyle, a cup of olive tea will help you achieve your goal sooner! [9]

5. Can Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Research suggests that olive herbal infusions can also help control blood sugar levels. [21]

In a 2013 study, researchers randomized 46 middle-aged men who were overweight to take either olive leaf extract or a placebo.

After 12 weeks, people in the olive leaf extract group had significant improvements in blood sugar levels and pancreatic responsiveness compared with those who took a placebo.

(Please consult your doctor before going off any current medication)

6. Can Reduce Your Risk for Cancer

In one research conducted, test-tube studies reveal that these compounds disrupt the life cycle of cancer cells in the breast, colon, and stomach. [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]

This research needs further studies, but so far all studies and research conducted with olive leaves, oil and fruit seem to imply that it can help reduce an individual’s risk of getting cancer by fighting cell damage.

7. Rejuvenates and Protects the Skin

The high antioxidant levels, plus the rich vitamin C content in olive leaves helps fight oxidative damage and keeps the skin looking young, dewy and healthy.

A cup of olive tea can help your skin feel and look young from within! No need for those concealers anymore! [8]

8. Can Help Increase Energy Levels

Another beneficial compound found in olive leaf extract is oleanolic acid. A 2006 study found that this acid interacts with bile acids in a way that increases the metabolism, boosts the thyroid, and ultimately leads to increased energy. [8]

9. Fights Cold and Flu

In addition to its pathogen fighting power, Oleaf olive tea can help you fight cold and flu. It does so by boosting your immune system. And it’s a well-known fact that staying hydrated is a great way of getting rid of toxins. Olive tea helps with just that! And all the antioxidants and vitamin C are an added advantage! [8]

10. Relieves Stress

Olive leaves are a rich source of polyphenols which help in lowering anxiety. Not only that, taking some time out to relax helps you re-energise and feel calmer. [1]

11. Contains essential nutrients

Olive teas also contain essential nutrients like Iron, Zinc, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, Selenium, chromium, etc that are vital for important functions of the body. They are responsible for immunity, healthy hair and skin, good metabolism and more.

Now drink your cuppa olive goodness!

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