Olive leaf tea is a delicious and powerful herbal antioxidant that many people have never heard about before. Adding tea made with olive leaves to a low-fat diet can help support your immune system, boost energy, and add antioxidant protection. Studies have identified oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, and polyphenols as the major beneficial compounds found in the olive leaf.
Antioxidants are powerful substances that are naturally found in a variety of plants that are used for food and drink. These substances neutralize the negative effects of dangerous free radicals in the cells of the human body. Regular consumption of foods and drinks containing antioxidants can significantly boost your immune system.
Olive leaves have even been used as a home remedy for illnesses ranging from colds to shingles. Studies have found a correlation between olive leaves and a lowering of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol. Research has also proven olive leaf extract to be effective for regulating blood flow in the body and lowering blood pressure.
If you have an olive tree in your backyard, I highly recommend that you take the time to pick some of the leaves to make tea. Simply wash the leaves thoroughly and pat them dry. Make sure that the leaves are completely dry, and keep the olive leaves in a darkened room to allow them to cure. As with most herbal teas, olive tea is easily prepared with a pot of boiling water. After you have allowed a pot of fresh water to come to a rolling boil, allow it to cool for a minute. Pour the hot water over loose olive leaves in an infuser and let the tea steep for four to five minutes before drinking.
Olive leaf tea has a mild aroma and a pleasant taste. This herbal tea has a slight olive taste that sensitive palates may notice. Drinking this tasty tea is another great way to introduce the amazing health benefits of olives in your low-fat diet.