Most of the time, we focus on specific strategic nutrient-based supplements in EBV recovery work. I utilize herbs more for their EBV support as adjunct herbal teas and culinary herbs in the cooking. I also try to stay within herbals that have been well researched for EBV, just because there is so much denial in the medical community about the value of botanicals in the anti-EBV therapy, and I want to make sure no one can argue with what I support in my book The Epstein-Barr Virus Solution and in the clinic.
However, with botanicals, medical research sometimes drags behind, and instead, you just hear anecdotal stories, and as a clinician, of course, you are going to listen. Olive Leaf Extract is one of those herbs; my retired-nurse mom has been insisting on me adding it to my book The Epstein-Barr Virus Solution and to my work with patients, and I am glad she has. For some reason, among all the other successful supplements, I have not really used it all these years!
Below is a short piece I wrote on Olive Leaf Extract in my book The Epstein-Barr Virus Solution, based on the research I found. As you can see, there are barely two good studies. Still, this herbal is very reputable for its broad-spectrum anti-microbial benefits, and since co-infections are common in EBV population, Olive Leaf Extract can do some good cleaning of other opportunistic pathogens.
We just added it to a mildly EBV-reactivated client, and she responded very well within literally less than 24 hours. You may benefit from it as well, as long as you work with a clinician to make sure it is safe for you to take! As always, this is only for your education. Do not experiment on your own!
We have the right Olive Leaf Extract available:
We used Barlean’s liquid Olive Leaf Extract at 2 T a day, before sleep. You can find it in our Fullscript: https://www.healthwavehq.com/welcome/kasia (we provide 10% discount)
From my book The Epstein-Barr Virus Solution:
Olive Leaf has a tremendous reputation for health, especially due to its phenolic compounds like oleuropein, with research confirming its antimicrobial (both Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria and mycoplasma), antiviral, antioxidant and even anti-cancer properties (Omar, 2010). The antiviral qualities include mononucleosis but also a host of other viruses: hepatitis virus, rotavirus, bovine rhinovirus, canine parvovirus, and feline leukemia virus, quite an impressive list (Fredrickson, 2000). Olive Leaf extract is readily available in supplements and has a great reputation among functional clinicians for its antimicrobial activity. It could be particularly beneficial if we are dealing with bacterial confections.
Omar, S.H., Oleuropein in olive and its pharmacological effects. Sci Pharm, 2010. 78(2): p. 133-54.
Fredrickson WR, F.a.S.G., Inc Method and composition for antiviral therapy with olive leaves. 2000: U.S. patent.
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