Potassium levels affected by Olive Leaf Extract?

Question;

Since olive leaf extract works as a diuretic, is it possible that using it might lower potassium levels in the blood?

Answer;

It is possible, although a search on Pubmed did not bring any test results of studies done.
Olive leaf extract has been tested extensively in animals and to a lesser extent in humans, without any warnings about potassium levels, however, it may be wise, if taking olive leaf extract long-term, to ensure plenty of potassium in the diet or supplementation if you have a known deficiency.
It would also be useful to be on the look-out for symptoms of potassium deficiency while using olive leaf extract in the long term. See the following link for more information.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/92806-symptoms-potassium-deficiency/

Thank you for this question which deserves further consideration. I will keep on the look-out for any new clinical trials done.

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