Olive Leaf Extract and Diabetes

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Olive leaf extract is certainly one of the most amazing medicines ever discovered, if not the most amazing.  Olive leaf extract is particularly beneficial for diabetics, not only helping with the diabetes itself, but with many other conditions that are common among diabetics and result or are made worsened by the diabetic condition.

Olive oil extract is a particularly useful antidote to the ravages of chronically high insulin levels, which is what is behind not only diabetes but other metabolic disorders as well.  Diabetes is but one of a host of conditions that result from chronically elevated insulin, the disease of hyperinsulimemia, and it’s no coincidence that diabetics tend to get these other conditions as well.

Diabetes itself isn’t what we need to worry about, if we understand diabetes as just high blood sugar, and although high blood sugar does worsen the toxic load on our cells, it’s the high insulin that goes along with type 2 diabetes that does most of the damage.  Even the damage from the high blood sugar is primarily caused by higher insulin levels causing our cells to take in too much glucose where they would normally do a much better job resisting, and this excessive glucose load on the cells is what causes the harm, not having the sugar in our blood.

People think, well my blood sugar is lower so that’s a good thing, but in cases where we are forcing this excess glucose into our cells, by strategies like increasing our toxic insulin levels even further, well they need to realize that it’s too much glucose in the cells that’s the problem and by lowering one’s blood sugar this way, this makes the harm significantly greater.

Wait a minute though you might think, doesn’t lowering blood sugar make us better, not worse?  It depends on how you lower it, and lowering it artificially is clearly harmful.  Those who peddle prescription meds want you to think otherwise though, so they cook up their illusions by comparing the degree of damage with people with various blood sugar levels and find that blood sugar levels and damage are correlated.

Sure they are, but does this mean that lowering your blood sugar artificially will make this better?  Perhaps surprisingly, this isn’t the case at all, because we know that cells being exposed to excessive levels of glucose is behind the correlation here, and the goal needs to be to expose them to less excess glucose, not more.

Olive leaf extract protects our cells from this damage, by functioning as an excellent antioxidant, and is particularly helpful in combating the  reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play such a big role in cellular damage.

It’s hard to overestimate how important controlling ROS when it comes to managing chronic disease, especially diabetes.  Runaway ROS is responsible for several other chronic diseases as well, including cancer.  Olive leaf extract has not surprisingly been shown to be an effective treatment against cancer, by way of this mechanism as well as in killing cancer cells directly.

In a study, it was given to rats who had cancer tumors and after only 12 days of olive leaf extract the tumors disappeared.  Of course big pharma doesn’t want people knowing about this and guard their huge cash cow very jealously, and any sort of talk that doesn’t involve their treatments is met with extreme disdain.  They are not the least bit interested in you, they do love you spending your money with them though, and they make nothing on so called alternative treatments like olive leaf extract.

Olive leaf extract has been shown to deprive cancer cells of the nutrients they need to proliferate, especially glucose.  With the overabundance of glucose in type 2 diabetes, this is cancer heaven, unless you do something to protect yourself, like taking olive leaf extract.

Olive leaf extract is simply fabulous in protecting ourselves from cardiovascular disease.  Most diabetics do not die of diabetes, and diabetes really isn’t deadly at all, they die of cardiovascular disease.  This is caused by being exposed to so much insulin for so long.  If you want to speed this up you can increase your insulin even further, but this means they make even more money off of you with their drugs and expensive procedures, and will also sell you the insulin or drugs to increase it as well, it’s a money making machine for sure.

Olive leaf extract has been shown to work as well as prescription blood pressure medications, and they only needed a pretty small dose of olive leaf extract to achieve this result.  Being a constituent of food, olive leaf extract has not been shown to be very safe to take, and the worst people get from this is die off symptoms from pathogens releasing their toxins, which is a good thing.

Olive leaf extract protects and heals the cardiovascular system in numerous ways, and is particularly good for maintaining the health of the cells that make up our blood vessels.  Excess insulin damages the walls of these cells directly, but olive leaf extract repairs the damage.  Olive leaf extract, through this mechanism, has been shown to significantly improve plaques and other diseases of the blood vessels.

As the cell walls become repaired, there’s no longer a need for the plaque, which is there to act as a bandage, but you can have so much of this bandage to impair blood flow.  Olive leaf extract does the opposite, it dilates blood vessels.

It also protects the brain against diseases normally associated with aging, and excess oxidation in the brain is not something we want.  Diabetics are particularly prone to this.  Olive leaf extract also protects and heals the joints by correcting damage and making them work more like they are supposed to if they weren’t so damaged.

As far as direct diabetic benefits, olive leaf extract lowers blood sugar through several mechanisms, and through healthy ones.  It helps with carbohydrate absorption, although an even better way to manage this is to eat less carbohydrate, but conventional medicine isn’t interested in promoting carbohydrate restriction very much as they don’t want this to interfere with their profits.

Olive leaf extract does increase glucose uptake in cells but does so in a helpful way, by healing the cells and therefore improving their ability to process glucose.  Part of the reason why cells resist glucose with diabetes is that they have been damaged by excessive oxidation, more from excess fat than glucose, but the high levels of insulin and the high carb diets end up doing many of us in.

The excess fat that damages our cells isn’t from fat in the diet by the way, it’s from excess insulin turning excess carbohydrates into excess fat, and the kind that insulin makes is the bad kind of fat.

So now they can’t manage a normal amount of glucose because their mitochondria is damaged, the engines that power the cells, and they are exposed to an even higher load, and this is not a good situation.  Lowering your blood sugar by repairing them more is nice, but not as nice as simply having them healthier, as there’s a lot more at stake here than just your blood sugar.

Studies with olive leaf extract have shown significant improvements in blood sugar, even with a dosage as low as 500 mg.  It has been shown to be as effective as a prescription anti diabetic in fact.  That’s not even a therapeutic dose as far as I am concerned, and I personally take several times this amount.

Olive leaf extract has also been shown to either not raise insulin, or in some studies, actually lower it. Lower is better here, and it lowers both insulin and blood sugar, which is what we want.  If you don’t lower both, you’re going to be screwed, as your diabetes will just get worse and worse.  Controlling insulin levels is actually much more important overall, as you can’t ever improve if you don’t.

Olive leaf extract is also known to be a great against pathogens, bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and parasites.  This is actually the main medicinal use of it, and is why some people experience side effects from it.  It has been shown to work as well as antibiotics in controlling bacteria and infections, and also treats these other pathogens as well.

Olive leaf extract is a true superstar of natural medicines, or of any medicine, and should be very seriously considered by all diabetics and anyone else for that matter who is concerned about one’s health.

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6 Comments on “Olive Leaf Extract and Diabetes

  1. Very interesting information. Thank you for all the time you take & research you do to help so many people. I will try olive leaf extract for my moderately elevated blood sugar, but also I remember from taking it years ago that it helped with sore throat. There are so many to choose from. I would prefer one without pesticides of course, but can you offer some guidance or suggest what to look for.

    Thank you.

    Katherine Hunter

    1. I take Vitacost olive extract which I’ve found to be pretty good. I don’t think there’s a lot of difference as far as the quality goes but you can’t really go wrong with going with more premium supplements. Gaia Herbs makes a good one if you don’t mind spending the money for it.

    1. Like many supplements, it works best on an empty stomach since food competes with it. This is the reason why you get drunk quicker drinking on an empty stomach for instance 🙂 There are some supplements which fat to absorb it properly and in that case you might want to take it with meals or with an oil based supplement perhaps, but this isn’t one of them. On the other hand, if it causes any GI distress, which isn’t common but is always possible depending on the person, it may be better tolerated with food, or one can consider lowering the dosage to a comfortable one.

      1. Thanks Ken. Are there any glucose modifying supplements the need to be taken 30 minutes before meals or should all supplements be just taken once a day and not particularly timed to have an effect during each meal itself? Obviously digestive enzymes are taken with the meal, I would think, but I am thinking more of more traditional supplements taken to effect glucose metabolism.

        1. I assume that by working with the meal you mean exerting blood sugar lowering properties to reduce excursions? I don’t feel that this is the way to do it, it’s not so acute, like for instance the way that a type 1 would use insulin with meals (as well as some type 2’s, sadly enough). Oddly enough, looking to lower blood sugar on purpose at any point is a mistake, because the problem isn’t the blood sugar, it is of course what is behind the high blood sugar. The real problems take time to resolve and must be done so over time, for instance with the positive effects of berberine on after meal blood sugar, where it doesn’t matter what time of day you take it, other than you do take it and do so over enough time for this benefit to manifest. I don’t know of anything that actually benefits us, natural medicines, that act so acutely as you can rely on them for both acute and long term benefit, other than something like mulberry which delays glucose uptake. I’m not so sure that this is a good thing though as this at best circumvents the problem, the issue is not over-absorption of glucose, and if one seeks to absorb less glucose after a meal, consuming less makes more sense 🙂 As for the timing of supplements generally, some should be taken with an oil supplement but generally it doesn’t really matter and often times, away from food allows for better absorption as the supplement has less to compete with 🙂

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