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Olive cultivation dates back to at least 6000 years ago. Probably its original habitat was in Syria: from here it arrived in Greece and became a sacred plant.
The leaves of Olea Europaea, which have a strong hypotensive effect and astringent and purifying properties, are rich in Oleuropein, a bitter glucoside whose hydrolysis generates very important molecules for our health: the Elenolic acid, the Hydroxytyrosol, the Tyrosol and the Rutin. Oil is a cholagogue (promotes drainage of bile) and provides powerful antioxidants through vitamin E and polyphenols.

In addition to the febrifugal, hypoglycemic, diuretic, hypotensivating properties, thanks to oleuropeoside, Olea Europaea is spasmolytic and antioxidant. It is also a cardiac tonic: it gives elasticity to the arteries, improves blood circulation, reduces high blood pressure and protects the heart from diseases. It is also a remedy for arthritic inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Indicated in states of asthenia and in chronic fatigue syndrome, it helps fight the production of free radicals. Finally it is an excellent remedy to prevent infections such as herpes, flu and colds, the HIV virus, cytomegalovirus and others like candida and intestinal parasites.

Olea europaea L. represents the most relevant cultivation in the Mediterranean Area. Its fruits, leaves and derivatives are rich in natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory active ingredients which are claimed to produce multiple benefits for human and animal health Data from clinical studies indicate that compounds present in the Olea Europea L. are exhibiting antioxidant activities and can view additional beneficial effects as pharmacological intervention in the management of patients with coronary artery disease.
Olea europaea L. leaf constituents possess proven beneficial results on myocardial oxidative stress and atherosclerosis. Basic research is mandatory to evaluate the cardioprotective effects of olive leaf constituents in order to investigate plant origin compounds as pharmacological tools for the prevention and the protection of heart diseases.