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2015-07-10

Olive Leaf Extract and Cardiovascular Health

According to a new study on olive leaf extract (OLE), it appears these supplements could improve vascular functions and reduce inflammatory cytokines linked to heart disease. The randomised, double-blind placebo controlled, cross over trial, looked at the absorption and metabolism of polyphenols from OLE, and measured the physiological outcomes of supplementation.

In the study, the research team measured vascular function by digital volume pulse (DVP), and collected blood at baseline, 1, 3 and 6 hours in order to investigate effects on cytokine production. Urine was also analysed for phenolic metabolites.

The team reported that DVP-stiffness index and ex vivo IL-8 production were significantly reduced
after consumption of OLE compared to the control.

This adds to the growing body of evidence that OLE has a number of health benefits and seems to be particularly useful for cardiovascular health parameters.

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Source: Secoiridoids delivered as olive leaf extract induce acute improvements in human vascular function and reduction of an inflammatory cytokine: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial

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