Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf (Olea europaea) extract is another of several botanicals with antihypertensive effects. Given orally to rats predisposed to hypertension and exposed to a hypertensive drug, olive leaf extract prevented rises in blood pressure over eight weeks in a dose-dependent manner.13

Figure 19-2. Garlic (Allium sativum).

The antihypertensive effects from this plant or its subspecies are probably the result of tri-terpenoids that have been demonstrated to act as beta-adrenergic antagonists.14 Because of this potential action, it is possible for an interaction with pharmaceutical^ produced beta-blockers.

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