Oleuropein has come up in nutrition a lot recently. Enthusiasts swear this nutrient can do everything from weight loss to reduce the risk of cancer and they’re not wrong.
While oleuropein can be found in a variety of olive oils, the current buzz is not about the oil but the leaves. Olive leaves, not just the fruit itself can offer a lot of benefits for the body and overall health.
But what’s the deal with Oleuropein, exactly, and what are the benefits from it? Here’s what everyone needs to know.
Oleuropein, a polyphenol, has attracted scientific attention in recent years because of a variety of reported health benefits explains Colleen Moltzen, MS RDN, a registered dietitian with a private nutrition practice in New York City. “Oleuropein and its metabolite, hydroxytyrosol, have powerful antioxidant activity, which may be responsible for some of olive oil’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting activities. More studies are needed for a more comprehensive understanding of the cellular networks involved in the varied protective effects of oleuropein,” Moltzen says.
There are a lot of claims out there about the benefits of oleuropein from olive leaves. Experts say these are the accurate perks from consumption of oleuropein based on the research. Some of these benefits include: the prevention of some cancers, lowering of the bad–LDL cholesterol, reducing blood pressure, fighting infections and losing weight.
Oleuropein comes from olive oil, in an extract and now tea. To get benefits of oleuropein without the calories, in a natural form, olive leaf tea can be added to a daily wellness regiment. Gina Keatley, CEO and creative culinary director of The Sicilian Olive Leaf Tea Company has spent the last several years developing olive leaf teas for an international audience. “In 2022, Matche, the world’s first powdered olive leaf tea product launched at the world tea expo in Las Vegas. NV. And in winter 2022 we are launching Mend a whole olive leaf tea product requested by our consumers.” Matche is available now on https://matche.co/.
“It all starts with our trees. Our grove consists of hundred-year-old olive trees blooming with leaves and fresh olives. Our olive leaves are handpicked, sun dried and brewed into tea that is overflowing with flavor filled antioxidants. The soil in Sicily is some of the most nutrient-rich in all of Europe. One tin of Matche has as much Oleuropein as 225 gallons of olive oil, calorie free” says Keatley.
The bottom line is that more research around oleuropein is needed in humans, but early studies show that the oleuropein in olive leaves prevents unwanted weight gain, reduces the risk of obesity, can reduce cholesterol levels and even reduce blood pressure.