The Effect of Olive Leaf Extract
There are powerful antioxidants found in the extract of olive leaves, some of which have been linked to anti-cancer properties. The following review of studies on the use of olive leaf extracts to treat cancer shows the results of these studies in a time period of a decade.
A 2009 study showed that olive leaf extract helps reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. The bioactive compounds in the extract have antioxidant and antiproliferative potential in the breast, pancreatic, bladder and brain cancerous cell lines. (1)
Clinical trials in 2016 showed that the strong antioxidant effect of olive leaf extracts can prevent or reduce cancers such as pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and leukemia. (2)
In addition, the extract prevents or retards the proliferation of malignant cells in the surrounding tissues, thereby inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells. (2)
It is incredible that the extract compounds act as a completely targeted treatment. Its polyphenols can differentiate between cancer and normal cells and trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) only in cancer cells and not normal cells. (2)
The biochemical composition of the olive leaf extract is more varied than the extra virgin olive oil. Olive leaf extracts have a higher concentration of polyphenols than virgin olive oil, and contain anti-cancer compounds such as luteolin and apigenin that are not present in olive oil. Olive leaf polyphenols protect cells from DNA damage caused by free radicals. This means reducing the risk of cancer. (2)
The latest study in 2019 shows that olive leaf extracts are rich in polyphenols and have anti-cancer effects on human cervical cancer cells. (3)
Like any food, the combination of the extract with medicines can cause “synergy” or “competition” between the various substances. Although all experimental results are optimistic and take a positive turn, as patients we should always consult our physician.
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