Olive leaf v. Olive Leaf Extract
What is the difference between olive leave & olive leaf extract?
Obviously they must be different because I see both listed on the ingredient list of some capsules. Thank you.
Olive leaf is simply dried and powdered olive leaves. It contains all the constituents of the leaf in a natural ratio (dependent also on the quality of the soil), less the volatile constituents which are lost in the drying of the leaves.
Olive leaf Extract is an extract made from olive leaves. Olive leaves are processed to extract the phytochemicals from the leaf, particularly oleuropein. This is much stronger and more concentrated than simply the leaves and acts much faster on infections for example.
No one knows what balance of constituents works the best, or whether some constituents are lost or altered in the extraction process, so many manufacturers include both to cover all bases.
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