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Olive leaf extract helps high blood pressure

A small Swiss study has shown that olive leaf extract supplements may help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a Reuters report.

Olive leaf extract comes from the leaves of olive trees which have been known for their medicinal properties.

The olive leaf extract study

Researchers studied 20 sets of identical twins with prehypertension. Prehypertension is blood pressure above 120/80 mmHg but not quite at hypertensive levels of 140/90 mmHg.

One of each twin pair was given olive leaf extract, while the other only received lifestyle advice on lowering blood pressure, which is the standard approach to managing prehypertension.

After eight weeks, those who took 1000mg daily of olive leaf extract had a reduction in blood pressure, compared to the other twin who saw no changes. On average blood pressure dropped from 137/80 to 126/76 mmHg. They also saw their average level of bad LDL cholesterol fall.

Olive leaf extract

Olive leaf extract supplements can be purchased from pharmacies, however the researchers recommend that those with high blood pressure check with their doctor first before taking any supplements.

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