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Dec 20, 2012

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Did you just scratch your head or furrow your brow because you have no idea what I’m talking about? Have you never heard of olive leaf extract before? Well, not to worry because up until a recent shopping trip to my local health food store, I hadn’t heard about it either.

There was a staff member who was introducing shoppers to Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract. According to her, Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract is a super fighter antioxidant that supercedes green tea, grape seed extract, and vitamin C. Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract is also supposed to be a great thing to take right about now with all the icky sicky wintry colds and bugs that are going around (I don’t even want to mention that part in case one of those icky bugs actually hears my fingers typing). The staff person did tell me that the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract is generally a benefit for everyone so long as you don’t have low blood pressure already.

Given that I’m up to trying just about anything that isn’t too financially onerous, I don’t have any concerns with my blood pressure, and this might be something that my readers have never heard of, I purchased a bottle of the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract to see exactly what all the excitement was about.


Product Review: What are the ingredients in the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract?

Yes, Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract contains all the goodies from real olive leaves. According to the Barlean’s website, the olive leaves are freshly picked at sunrise and then immediately fresh-pressed and bottled.

What are the ingredients in the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract? Well, you can get it in 2 different flavours. I picked up the peppermint flavour Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract and that is made with fresh Pressed Olea europaea varietal olive leaves, glycerin, water, and natural flavors (which I’m guessing is the peppermint part. Not sure why they don’t just say peppermint.). If you get the natural flavour Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract, it’s made with fresh Pressed Olea europaea varietal olive leaves, glycerin, and water.

Read the label and it tells me that this Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex has a host of benefits: healthy immune system, healthy joints, healthy blood pressure in the normal range, and healthy cardiovascular system. I’m no chemist or nutritionist so I have no idea how good or bad that ingredient list is but it sounds basic enough. What I’m most interested in is whether or not the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract is effective in keeping me healthy especially during the icky winter season.


Product Review: does the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract work?

At the time that I’m writing this post, I’ve been taking the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract for about 2 months now. When I first started taking the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract, I was feeling a little run down and was worried that I’d be getting sick so I took it diligently every day for about 2 weeks. Then I went through a phase where I was only taking it maybe once a week just to maintain a little added benefit in my body. Recently, I’ve started to take the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract on a daily basis again given that both the hubby is sick (flu – ick!) and the kid (cold – ick nonetheless – mommy worries are never fun) have been under the weather. I simply cannot emotionally afford to be sick too.

Now, I have no scientific proof to know whether or not Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract has been helping me to cope with all the weather changes and bugs that are roaming the air. However, there is certainly a positive effect.

The Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract is a brownish runny liquid with a peppermint flavour  that goes down with a cool tingle and coats your throat for quite some time. During those weeks when I felt like something was going to hit me, I found the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract helped to squish the tingly throat and seemed to help me fend off the bugs. I can’t give full credit to Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract only because I have been taking other preventative health remedies but I believe that the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract has been a noticeable benefit to my immune system. Over the past few days with both my hubby and daughter being ill, so far (touch wood, knock on it and all that jazz), I’m still on the go and keeping the family running. Combine that with the regular hand washing and disinfecting and I’d like to think that I’m keeping some of that yucky stuff at bay.

I’ve also recommended Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract to others and they’ve passed on good feedback to me too. I suggested the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract to a fellow colleague of mine. For her, the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract seems to be working better than the oil of oregano so that’s another vote of confidence for the potential good that olive leaf extract can have on our bodies.


Verdict:

I have to be honest and say that there is probably one thing that is holding me back from giving this Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex Extract a full 5 out of 5. I don’t believe the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract is organic so that might perhaps be its only downfall. The company itself is called Barlean’s Organic Oils so you would think that the ingredients in the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract is also organic. However, I’m just not sure given that the ingredient list doesn’t explicitly say “organic”. Call me paranoid but I want to double check this out.

I plan to send an email to the company and see if they’ll give me some details on whether or not I should be afraid of what might be on those olive leaves that I’ve been ingesting. For now, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the benefits of olive leaf extract. Considering the composition of the rest of my daily food intake, I think I’m okay with the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract as it is but if it was organic, that would be an extra bonus.

This wintry season, if you’re feeling run down and you feel like your regular health regime isn’t quite cutting it, you might want to consider Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract. Yes, it is a bit on the pricy side and I get that it might not be for every family. Of course, it’s always important to consult your physician/naturopath/health care provider/whoever it is that you usually see when trying something new because everyone’s body is different.

For more details, visit the Barlean’s website by clicking here.

 

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