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If I were a rabbit having a heart attack, I would catch a plane to Athens and get some oleuropein

If you were a rabbit with heart problems, and were equally unlucky enough to be locked in a cage, I would request a trip to the University of Athens Medical School’s Dept. of Cardiology. Ask for Anastasia Papachristodoulou, have her treat you with oleuropein, and you may survive your next heart attack. At least so says Ms. Papachristodoulou and friends who published their recent article – “The Natural Olive Constituent Oleuropein Induces Nutritional Cardioprotection in Normal and Cholesterol-Fed Rabbits: Comparison with Preconditioning”.

Of course, if you are not one of these fuzzy little animals with long ears and a propensity towards eating carrots, then this is not something you should try at home.

The point that we are trying to make is that there is now a lot of research articles about the efficacy of oleuropein which some academics and their followers still believe to be the principle component of Olive Leaf Extract.

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Since many of these articles make medical claims, we cannot link to them from Seagate’s website or blog. The FDA has rules against linking medical claims about health food supplements, even if they are from respected medical journals, to a company’s website.  Therefore, we direct you to one of the best search engines for medical journals, the National Institute of Health’s site — go to PubMed and type in Olive Leaf Extract or oleuropein in the search box. You will be directed to hundreds of articles showing the latest research.

All of the results of the research are promising and overwhelmingly positive for Olive Leaf Extract. However, almost all of this is still based on animal trials rather than human trials. In addition, the researchers still completely ignore the fact that oleuropein is just one of 9 know phytochemical constituents of  Olive Leaf Extract. But at least they are focused on the olive tree and are finding promising results.

We also urge you to spend a few minutes on PubMed viewing the research on this subject by entering the names of some of the other components of the olive leaf  into the PubMed search box in addition to oleuropein: maslinic acid, caffeic acid, verbascoside, luteolin 7-O-glucoside, rutin, apigenin 7-O-glucoside and luteolin 4’-O-glucoside. Perhaps some day researchers will broaden their focus from just focusing on that one component, oleuropein.

A Blue Tang swimming slowly at night off Bonaire

A Blue Tang swimming slowly at night off Bonaire

You would think that these fish would be startled by the sudden flash of the strobes at night. However, this little guy just kept swimming slowly heading towards the safety of the dark waters around the other side of the rocks.  Apparently he was used to divers disturbing his sleep. At night, the contrast in the colors against the dark sea background can be far superior to daylight photography.

 

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