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.
Olive leaf vs Olive Leaf extract
by Angela House
(Dayton Ohio USA)
Is there a difference between Olive leaf and Olive Leaf extract?
If so then is Olive leaf just as good as Olive leaf extract? Or should I only take Olive leaf extract for sinus infections?
Olive leaf extract is a concentrated extract of Olive leaves.
You will get quicker results with an extract, but some people find it too strong to start off with. In this case, Olive leaf, which is simply powdered Olive leaves would be a better way to start until your body is used to it.
Most people start with an extract.
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Olive Leaf Powder
I have olive leaf powder and the shelf life for capsules is 2 years. I will not be able to use all of it by then. I noticed that most of the supplement forms use leaves. I did note that you can add the powder to the tincture with the leaves. Can I make the tincture with just the powder and substitute it for leaves in the other recipes as well? Thank you!
Yes you can.
I feel it is always better to have a combination of leaves and powder as the powder will probably be high in oleuropein and lack a balance of the other constituents of the olive leaf.
Having said that, the capsules with powder-only also work, and to dissolve it to form a tincture will improve absorption and increase the shelf life.
It would be best to make the tincture sooner rather than later to lock in the properties of the constituents.