Herpes helped with Olive leaf extract
Olive leaf extracts have been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years, especially for their qualities to fight various germs. Research conducted in the last several decades are indeed confirming the benefits of olive leaf extracts for viral infections, including herpes virus.
Infections with herpes virus are more common than you may think. As many of 90% of North Americans may have had exposure to this virus, yet they may not be aware of it because it did not cause any symptoms. In the late 1960s, physician and researcher Dr Harold Renis tested and discovered that an ingredient from olive leaf called oleuropein has the ability to kill viruses like herpes simplex type 1 and 2 (oral and genital forms) as well as herpes zoster.
Oleuropein kills the virus not by interfering with its genetic material, but by interacting with the protein coat that protects the integrity and structure of the virus. Olive leaf extracts also help keep your immune system strong, and therefore lower your chances to contract the herpes virus or any other infection. In laboratory tests, olive leaf extract has shown virucidal effect (ability to kill viruses) like herpes simplex 1 and 2 and herpes zoster. It has also been researched for fighting dental infections and recurrent infections affecting the urinary system.
How it works
There is a specific mechanism by which the olive leaf extracts inhibit the herpes virus. This extract has the ability to interfere with the production of certain amino acids that are essential for virus replication. Olive leaf extracts are ultimately inactivating the herpes virus by preventing virus shedding, budding or attachment to the human cell membrane. While oleuropein is the key anti-viral component, Dr. Renis identified another 97 chemical substances in the raw olive leaf that possess health benefits. Furthermore, another researcher, Dr James Priviera suggests that olive leaf extracts may be a true antiviral, offering true healing benefits not provided by conventional anti-viral drugs because it selectively inhibits the whole virus specific system in the infected human host.
Cautions and Dosage
Olive leaf extracts may cause detoxification or “die-off effect” symptoms, with aggravation of the patient’s current symptoms followed by relief of those symptoms. Feeling tired, digestive upset (including diarrhea), headaches, muscle pains and flu-like symptoms are signs of detox and can be reduced by keeping your body well hydrated and also by taking this supplement with a full glass of water.
The typical dose for an adult is 1 tablet every six hours or more. During an acute infection, 3-4 tablets of olive leaf extract (500 mgs) taken every six hours before or between meals may be indicated. However you should consult a healthcare professional to receive optimal dosage for your condition and to learn more about this supplement.