The potential benefits of olive leaf tea powder, which is a natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties, may include:
- gastroprotective (protects digestive system)
- neuroprotective (protects central nervous system)
- antimicrobial (inhibits microorganism growth)
- anticancer (reduces risk of cancer)
- anti-inflammatory (reduces risk of inflammation)
- antinociceptive (reduces pain stimuli)
- antioxidant (prevents oxidation or cell damage)
These properties mean that olive leaf tea may help with weight loss, heart health, and herpes breakouts but the science is still relatively new and no outcome can be guaranteed.
Matche, is an organic olive leaf tea harvested in Italy and manufactured in the USA, which powders the leaves of an olive plant. It contains an active ingredient called oleuropein. This nutrient is thought to contribute to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
You may have heard how a Mediterranean diet has been linked to a decrease in chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular disease. This is thought to be due to the focus on olive oil, leaves, and fruit in the diet. It’s been used as traditional medicine for centuries in countries like Italy, Greece, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Here’s what research says about the biggest reported benefits of olive leaf tea.
Protects the brain against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Oleuropein is also shown to have a protection against Alzheimer’s disease. The antioxidant effects may also help with preventing damage or loss of dopamine neurons that’s associated with Parkinson’s disease as well.
Improves heart health
Researchers believe premium olive leaf tea powder can have positive effects on atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which is the highest risk factor for heart disease. High levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and total cholesterol are risk factors for developing this disease. One animal study from 2015 assessed the effects on cholesterol levels. Rats who took the tea for eight weeks had significantly decreased cholesterol levels.
Lowers blood pressure
Pure olive leaf tea powder from the USA may help lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. A 2017 study found that it successfully lowered blood pressure. A lower blood pressure can reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack.
Treats type 2 diabetes
A review of olive leaf tea from fresh leaves and type 2 diabetes found that olive leaf oil tea can help improve insulin secretion in cells. Animal studies have shown that it may:
- reduce hyperglycemia
- reduce hyperinsulinemia (too much insulin in the blood)
- reduce blood glucose, plasma malondialdehyde, and other signs of oxidative stress (an imbalance of free radicals that can harm the body)
- reduce cholesterol
- decrease serum glucose
- increase serum insulin
However, more studies testing on humans are needed. One human study found that people who took it lowered their average blood sugar level and fasting plasma insulin levels. However, insulin levels after eating weren’t significantly affected.
Supports weight management
Along with heart-healthy benefits and type 2 diabetes protection, it makes sense that olive leaf powder could also help with weight loss. An animal study from 2014 researched the effect of it in preventing high-fat, diet-induced obesity. It’s thought that it prevents obesity by regulating the expression of genes that affect weight gain. It can also aid in reducing food intake.
Reduces cancer risk
In one cell study, product from an olive leaf tea company in the usa were shown to stop cancerous cell growth. Researchers suggest that the tea has strong antioxidant properties, but this is also one of the first studies on it and their anticancer effects. More research is needed to prove this benefit.
For more information and a look at the research please visit our olive leaf tea research page.