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Olive leaf extract can significantly lower BP--study

In the olive leaf group, the systolic blood pressure reading dropped by an average of 11.5 points, and in the captopril group, the reading dropped by an average of 13.7.

Looking for a natural remedy for high blood pressure? Try olive leaves, as a new study has found that olive leaf extract can significantly lower high blood pressure and treat hypertension.

According to the research findings published in the journal 'Phytomedicine,' pills derived from olive leaves are as effective in treating the key risk factors for heart disease as other drugs.

They not only lower blood pressure readings, but also triglycerides, a type of fat found in your blood. Excess triglycerides in plasma increase the risk of heart disease.

The findings do not come as a surprise, as the olive leaves have been used since ancient times to treat high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (blocked arteries), and diabetes.

180 BP patients studied
To determine the effectiveness of olive leaves in treating hyper tension and high blood pressure, as well as tolerability of olive leaf extract in comparison with an anti-hypertension drug captopril, researchers conducted a “double-blind, randomized, parallel and active-controlled clinical study” on 180 patients with high blood pressure.

The study subjects were divided in two groups. One was orally given olive leaf extract, dose of 500 mg, twice daily for eight weeks. The other group was given captopril.

The researchers recorded the blood pressures every week during the trial, but the lipid profiles were evaluated after four weeks.

Olive leaves as effective as captopril
The researchers found “Olive leaf extract, at the dosage regimen of 500mg twice daily, was similarly effective in lowering systolic and diastolic blood pressures in subjects with stage-1 hypertension as captopril, given at its effective dose of 12.5–25mg twice daily.”

In the olive leaf group, the systolic blood pressure reading dropped by an average of 11.5 points, and in the captopril group, the reading dropped by an average of 13.7.

The diastolic blood pressure reading fell 4.8 points in the olive group and 6.4 points in the anti-hypertension drug group.

“The anti-hypertensive activity of the extract was comparable to captopril, and its beneficial effects in reducing triglyceride levels were strongly indicated,” they concluded.

The findings do not come as a surprise, as the olive leaves have been used since ancient times to treat high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (blocked arteries), and diabetes.