The newest ‘fashion’ among miraculous teas, olive leaves – the tree where olives are born – have been identified by clinical research as a medicinal plant capable of favoring weight loss. In addition to promoting other health benefits.
“A study published in 2010 in the American Journal of Nutrition, carried out at the University of Southern Queensland, in Australia, and coordinated by researcher Dr. Lindsay Brown, showed that olive leaf tea can be an ally in the weight loss process.
In this study, rats received for eight weeks a diet rich in carbohydrates and fats and triggered a picture of metabolic syndrome, with increased visceral fat (in the liver), increased blood pressure levels, and changes in insensitivity to insulin and glucose.
“Dr. Lindsay Brown stated that the anti-inflammatory effect of olive leaf tea contributed to the improvement in the metabolism of rats, which became highly inflammatory due to the high-calorie diet,” says the doctor.
List of benefits of olive tea
1) Helps you lose weight
Due to the presence of polyphenols, which have several anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, olive tea reduces insulin resistance and improves energy metabolism. For the weight loss process, it is necessary to associate the intake of tea with a healthy diet and regular sports activities.
2) Helps fight osteoporosis
The oleuropein component, an antioxidant in olive leaves, has the property of stimulating an increase in the number and activity of the cells that generate bones, called osteoblasts. This study was published in the journal Osteoporosis International. This action prevents the loss of bone mass that occurs during the aging process (osteoporosis).
3) Has anti-inflammatory properties
The polyphenol phytochemicals in olive tea have anti-inflammatory properties with a role in the cascade of prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Clinically, these properties act in the fight against chronic diseases and obesity, whose causes include chronic inflammation.
4) Is hepatoprotective
Olive tea has a cardioprotective effect by reducing chronic inflammation and cholesterol oxidation. It also relaxes the arteries and optimizes microcirculation. It protects the liver and prevents the organ from accumulating fat. Its antioxidant action protects the cells of the body, including blood cells, and increases the immune system’s response.
5) Prevents premature aging
The premature aging process is due to the increased presence of free oxygen radicals, which damage cells, tissues, organs, and impair metabolism. Olive tea has several antioxidants. Among which is hydroxy indazole, which has great antioxidant potential, about ten times greater than that of green tea, and hundreds of times greater than that of vitamin C.
6) Help in controlling blood pressure
The polyphenols phytochemicals present in olive tea, especially oleuropein, have anti-inflammatory effects. As cardiovascular diseases’ etiology is chronic inflammation, which damages the artery wall and impairs microcirculation, tea has a cardioprotective effect and reduces blood pressure.
7) Is diuretic
The phytochemical oleuropein has diuretic properties and reduces tissue edema and fluid retention, which increases the elimination of toxins from the tissues and combats swelling. These properties help with weight loss and prevent the formation of urinary tract stones.