If you suffer from a slow or sluggish thyroid, consuming medicines made from olive leaves may help to regulate your thyroid function. Olive leaves are rich in protective antioxidants which protect your body from free radical damage and support immune, heart and digestive health. Olive leaves are not intended to replace medical care, and you should always check with a registered medical herbalist and doctor before purchasing olive leaf products.
The olive tree, also known as Olea europaea, has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years, going back to ancient Greece where the tree became a symbol of peace, prosperity and health. According to Susanna Lyle, Ph.D., author of “Eat Smart, Stay Well,” the olive tree was also grown in ancient Spain and Italy, with each country developing its own unique cultivars. Olive fruits are an edible source of nutrition and healing, and the leaves have received recent attention as an herbal medicine for treating viral infections, high cholesterol and thyroid problems.