New research highlights the power of the olive leaf as an antioxidant
It’s not always possible to get the levels of nutrients our bodies need without having to consume copious amounts of fruit, veg and other food sources; even if you already have a healthy balanced diet. For that reason, I’m a big fan of Superfoods and supportive natural, organic supplements within my daily diet*
What are Superfoods? Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses full of large amounts of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life. It’s been noted that people who include Superfoods into their daily diets are healthier and thinner than those who don’t.
*Superfoods and supplements should never be used in replacement of a healthy diet or used as meal replacements
OVIVO Organic Olive Leaf Infusion is a new discovery for me and the brainchild of British couple Dom and Susan White who have lived in Italy for 15 years. They founded the business in 2011 after hearing stories about the remarkable health benefits of olive leaf infusions and years of experimentation to perfect their infusion process.
They are now on a mission to spread the word about this natural way to wellness and fund further research into the potent plant compounds and phytonutrients, which give olive leaf extracts an edge over other antioxidants.
OVIVO Co-Founder, Susan White said: “We are so convinced of the health-boosting properties of OVIVO that we are on a mission to spread the word far and wide about this natural route to wellness. We are proud to be supporting on-going research into the compounds of the olive leaf in order to find new ways to extract its natural goodness.”
My OVIVO – 7 day challenge
I took the 7 day Ovivo challenge by consuming the recommended 70mls per day.
My OVIVO results
*More energy, especially when taken first thing in the morning
*My skin was glowing at the end of the 7 days
*An extra sense of wellbeing
*My sleep improved even though I was very busy throughout the trial week
So how does it work? The Olive Leaf Infusion delivers hydroxytyrosol — one of nature’s most potent antioxidants — and up to 30 beneficial plant compounds and phytochemicals found in the Mediterranean diet in a concentrated dose. OVIVO research on the olive leaf as reviewed by Dr Pamela Mason an expert nutritionist and chair of the Government’s advisory committee on borderline substances, found even higher levels of healthy antixoidants than previously thought*
What’s Hydroxytyrosol? Hydroxytyrosol is found in olives and olive oil, but the highest concentrations occur in the leaf.
Ingredients – is made from 100 per cent organic ingredients including freshly picked olive leaves (from Italy), soothing calendula, grape and lemon juice plus spring water. All ingredients are non-GM and pesticide free, there’s no added sugar and only a trace of fat, which means each dose contains only 13kcals.
This is great news to my ears, especially if you’re on a calorie controlled diet!
The science bit
*Olive leaf extract effects on Blood pressure – a double-blind study found a twice-a-day 500mg dose of olive extract was as effective as an ACE inhibitor at reducing both diastolic and systolic blood pressure, but unlike the prescription-only blood pressure pill, the extract also significantly lowered levels of dangerous triglicerides**
*Olive leaf extract effects on blood sugar – a trial investigating the impact of olive leaf extract on blood sugar control reported a significant improvement in insulin sensitivity after just 12 weeks, while a study in patients with type 2 diabetes found the extract improved insulin levels and reduced HbA1c, a marker associated with a greater risk of diabetes-related complications.
Drink to good health
This can be drunk neat (however this infusion does have a bitter after-taste, so it’s much more palatable when mixed with juices, coconut water or smoothies). For something really sophisticated try mixing four shots of OVIVO with 100ml of elderflower cordial, 700ml of sparkling water and crushed ice. Serve with mint leaves and wedges of lime for a delicious aperitif bursting with antioxidant action!
Balanced Being conclusion
I will be including OVIVO along side my other Superfoods moving forward. I think you’ll be incredibly pleased with your energy levels and wellbeing by including this in your diet too!
OVIVO Organic Olive Leaf Infusion is available at selected Boots stores, Wholefoods, Holland & Barrett and independent health stores in the UK and Ireland