Nature's Pharmacy

& Olea Europeae

English Name: Olive

Arabic Name: Zaiytoon

Urdu Name: زیتون

Family: Oleaceae | Distribution: Central Asian Countries

Parts used: Fruit and oil

Medicinal Uses | The medicinal uses of different parts of Olea europaea. Olive oil was recognized as an important component of a healthy diet. Several epidemiological studies have shown that the incidence of coronary heart disease and certain cancers is low in the Mediterranean basin where the diet is rich in olive products. Historically, olive leaves have been used as a folk remedy for combating fevers and other diseases such as malaria. Previous studies showed that some extracts of this product decreased blood pressure in animals and increased blood flow in coronary arteries, relieved arrhythmia, and prevented intestinal muscle spasms. A phytochemical investigation reported that oleuropein was isolated from the leaves of Olea europaea. This compound is known for possessing a wide range of pharmacologic and health-promoting properties including anti-arrhythmic, spasmolytic, immune stimulant, cardioprotective, hypotensive, antihyperglycemic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory effects.

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