In many parts of the world, including Morocco, Italy, Spain, France, Lebanon and Syria, olives are staple foods found on every table. They are abundant and cheap, and come in a variety of forms, from green to pink to black, and are cured in a multitude of ways. Here in Morocco, almost every restaurant sets a bowl of olives on the table, and no dinner is complete without them.
The first pressing of oil from olives, referred to as extra virgin olive oil, is highly prized among chefs worldwide, and is credited with playing an important role in the overall healthy nature of the Mediterranean diet. Easy-to-cook-with and delicious in flavor, olive oil has earned a reputation for its health benefits as well as for its versatility of use.
But another part of the olive harvest is less known, yet imparts tremendous health benefits. That part of the harvest is olive leaf – a traditional medicinal herb whose therapeutic uses date back centuries.
Early references to the olive leaf as medicine can be found in the Bible: “The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.” (Ezekiel 47:12)
In the world of medicinal plants, it is often the case that traditional use of plants precedes, by centuries, the science that corroborates the same uses. This is certainly true with olive leaf. Regarded as somewhat of a tonic cure-all in ancient times, olive leaf and olive leaf extracts appear to promote better health overall and help to ward off a variety of serious health disorders.
Even though the leaf of the olive tree is far less well-known than the fruits of the tree and the precious oil derived from them, a steadily growing body of science points to the leaf as highly valuable, and worthy of its ancient medicinal reputation.
The Amazing health benefits of olive leaves:
1.Inhibition and prevention of cancer
Olive leaf extract has been shown to have anti melanoma effect in mice. Late phase tumor treatment significantly reduced tumor volume. Other studies have also shown protective capabilities against breast cancer and showed an arrested growth in a tissue culture of human breast cancer cells at an early stage in the growth cycle.