The human body contains ~100 trillion cells. Only 10% of those cells are human (part of our body). The other 90 trillion are bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Some of these microorganisms play a very important role by helping us to digest our food. The bowl below contains kimchi that is being fermented in a jar containing a lactic acid bacteria bath (an example of good bacteria).
A customer named L.A. wrote us a question, concerned about Olive Leaf Extract and whether it would kill off good bacteria-
Will Olive Leaf Extract kill off some or all beneficial bacteria/organisms in the digestive tract? Can Olive Leaf Extract be taken at the exact same time as probiotics, or must they be separated by a certain number of hours? If you can offer some clarity in this area it would be much appreciated, thanks!
Seagate replied: Hello L.A.
No. We have never had a single case of our Olive Leaf Extract killing off beneficial bacteria.
Olive Leaves and Olive Oil (very similar phytochemicals) have been a part of our food chain for thousands of years.
Our gut bacteria have adapted to foods such as these that may have “anti-microbial” characteristics. If Olive Leaf did kill off the good gut bacteria, we would be receiving reports of customers having diarrhea.
Therefore you need not worry about taking probiotics at the same time. If you were to ask the same question of probiotic manufacturers, they might tell you to avoid the olive leaf or take it a couple of hours afterwards or before because they are being very very conservative about this. However, in the 18 years we have been producing the olive leaf, we have not heard of a single customer reporting any sort of problem or difficulty.
Seagate Customer Service
There are also many bad species of bacteria that are constantly entering our bodies such as this very beautiful specimen of MRSA Staph (photo below). When our body can maintain an abundant supply of colonies of beneficial bacteria, they will compete for space, water and nutrients against the virulent strains which helps to keep them from establishing. Good bacteria in our bodies perform many important functions besides digestion.Were the Olive Leaf Extract to cause a die-off of the good bacteria, particularly the bacteria lining your gut, you would see an immediate reaction with a case of diarrhea. We have never had a report of this occurring or any report of an adverse reaction from anyone taking this product.
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