Many people turn to antibiotics and prescription medications when it comes to conquering something as common as the cold or flu. Nature, however, can offer us something just as beneficial without side effects when it comes to tackling these stubborn viruses. For these, symptoms of chronic fatigue, sore throat, ear and eye infections, and a host of other bacterial or viral infections, my number one recommendation is olive leaf extract.

The most fundamental part of the olive leaf is oleuropein, a phytochemical that has powerful anti-microbial effects. Olive leaf extract has the ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses, to reduce viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses in preventing virus shredding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane, and the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication.

Other benefits of olive leaf include increased energy, healthy blood pressure and stronger immune system. Research and clinical experience indicate that supplemental olive leaf may be beneficial in the treatment for conditions caused by, or associated with, a virus, fungus, bacterium or protozoan including: influenza, the common cold, sinusitis, Candida infections, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Herpes I and II, HHV6, shingles (Herpes zoster), chronic fatigue, acne, diarrhea and much more.

There are many olive leaf products out there, I have tried six different brands in the past 15 years and in my opinion Seagate Olive Leaf Extract is number one. Seagate has the best olive leaf extract because of its broad spectrum antimicrobial properties, they hand select their olive leaves from local trees right after the olives are harvested, and their manufacturing is done without any chemicals, solvents, or alcohol. They also have several olive leaf products that are not in capsule form like olive leaf nasal spray, throat spray and olive leaf earache remedy. Take your pick!


Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are the opinions of Dr. Susanne Bennett unless otherwise noted. The information on this blog is not intended as personalized medical advice and is not intended to replace the relationship that you have with your primary care provider. Any decisions you make with regard to your daily choices and medical treatments should be made with the help of a qualified health care provider.