Why Use Olive Leaf Extract for Yeast Infection?
Olive leaf is another well documented natural cure for yeast infection along with coconut oil, cranberries and aloe vera. The extract, obtained from the leaves of olive trees, offers a spectrum of health benefits, such as:
- immunity boosting
- powerful antioxidant
- antiviral and antiseptic
- stabilizes blood sugar levels
Not all of these health benefits have been well documented, but recently more studies are emerging that focus on antifungal qualities of olive leaf.
Two of its active ingredients, Oleuropein and Hydroxytyrosol, make olive leaf an effective natural cure for yeast infection. Let me discuss some of the studies that show how olive leaf can beat Candida:
- A study from 2013 found that Hydroxytyrosol, an antioxidant compound of olive leaf shows antifungal activity against Candida albicans. It damages its cell wall and prevents Candida from feeding more effectively by inhibiting germ-tube formation.
- In a 2007 study, the phenolic compounds of olive leaf extract proved to have a strong antifungal effect against Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans. Apart from it, it’s effective against bacteria responsible for human intestinal and respiratory tract infections.
- In 2003 researchers investigated the antifungal effect of olive leaves. They injected Candida cells with various concentrations of olive leaf water extract. A 15% extract killed Candida albicans within 24 hours. A 40% extract damaged cells of Candida albicans within a few hours.
How to make the most of olive leaf extract?
The results of these studies sound very promising, it opens up an opportunity to create new natural cures for yeast infection or improve the treatments already available.
There is still more research needed to see how exactly olive leaf should be used to effectively treat a vaginal yeast infection, we need to know what concentrations of the extract are needed, what would be the daily dosage and how long a treatment should take.
However, as a preventative measure, if you want to boost your immunity and support your defenses with a natural antifungal agent, you can use Real Herbs Olive Leaf Extract as your daily supplement:
- Take 1 capsule of olive oil extract 2 times a day with a meal. The capsules are available in 20% concentration.
- There are also olive leaf tinctures and olive leaf teas available, however, olive leaf capsules are the most potent and offer more health benefits than tinctures and teas.
Why are olive oil capsules more effective than tinctures and teas?
- They contain more active ingredients per dose than tinctures or teas.
- A 500mg capsule of pure olive leaf extract standardized to 20% oleuropein has more oleuropein than a highly concentrated dose of tincture.
- They tend to be cheaper for the amount of oleuropein you get than tinctures.
- They are more effective against intestinal Candida because they reach further into the digestive tract than tinctures before they’re absorbed into the bloodstream.
- They are easier to store and transport, without the risk of spillage.
- Tinctures may have an unpleasant taste, while capsules are tasteless.
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What are the side effects of olive leaf extract?
Olive oil extract is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with allergies to the pollen of the olive tree, diabetic or taking medication for high blood pressure. If you’re allergic, there are many other natural supplements for yeast infection that you can use.
Make sure you consult your doctor before you start taking olive leaf extract as your daily supplement.
Olive leaf extract is an effective diet supplement for yeast infection sufferers. However, it’s not potent enough to treat a vaginal yeast infection on its own.
If you’re looking for a natural remedy for a vaginal yeast infection that will help you get rid of it quickly, check my article about natural cures for yeast infection.
Have you tried using olive leaf extract for yeast infection? Did it help? I’d love to hear about your experiences. Please share your comments and questions in the comment section below.