Ingredient: Olive Leaf
INCI: Olea Europaea Leaf Extract
Sources: Coastal Areas of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin
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What is Olive Leaf Extract?
Olive leaf extract is derived from the leaves of olive plants and has been used for centuries
as a medicinal remedy for ailments like malaria and diabetes. It contains several health and
life-enhancing compounds such as oleuropein, ligustroside, oleacein, sterol, triterpenoids and flavonids. Oleuropein is the active ingredient responsible for most of olive oil’s antioxidant,
anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting properties.
Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract:
Research has shown that olive leaf extract’s high levels of antioxidants help to protect the skin against harmful UV exposure. According to 2010 study in Phytotherapy Research, consuming an ingestible containing the extract twice daily for two weeks reduced the thickening of skin caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. Oleuropein also inhibits melanin production and suppresses the enzyme that degrades protein in the skin such as collagen and elastin.
A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science stated that oleuropein in the olive leaf extract was found to be more effective than vitamin E in reducing inflammation and increasing hydration to the skin. In 2011, the Journal of Medicinal Foods reported a study that found wounds treated with olive leaf extract – versus a commercial ointment – healed faster with 87% wound closure and 35% improvement in tissue strength.
Side Effects & Toxicity:
An extremely safe ingredient, olive leaf extract has no known toxicity in general use and is shown to be non-irritating and suitable for sensitive skin.
In 2010, International Journal of Cancer discovered that olive leaf extract can provide protection against skin cancer by inhibiting cell reproduction and early-induced apoptosis.