The first pressing of oil from olives, referred to as extra virgin olive oil, is highly prized among chefs worldwide, and is credited with playing an important role in the overall healthy nature of the Mediterranean diet. Another part of the olive harvest is less known, yet imparts tremendous health benefits. The olive leaf is a traditional medicinal herb whose therapeutic uses date back centuries. Olive leaf and its extract has been recommended to help fight various herpes infections (including shingles, HHV6, Epstein-Barr and the genital sort), as well as vaginal yeast infections (such as those caused by Candida). Olive leaf can also help lower blood pressure and blood glucose. The "whole leaf" is preferred to the extract oleuropein because the whole leaf leaf also contains bioflavonoids which work synergistically with oleuropein to enhance its natural activity. Individuals on anti-diabetes or anti-hypertensive medications may require blood glucose or blood pressure monitoring. At this time, there are no known side effects or precautions but olive leaf/extract should not be taken by pregnant or lactating women. Our professional staff can help you to select the most appropriate, quality supplements for your family.