Oli-Pet - Olive Leaf Extract
Potent herbal remedy against infectious diseases and other health problems relative to animal husbandry.
Roger V. Kendall, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research & Development
The olive tree, botanically-classified as Olea europaea L. has been the source of natural healing agents down through the ages including the olive oil produced from its fruit. For centuries, teas and other preparations made from olive leaves have been used successfully to treat fevers and gastrointestinal complaints, including parasites in human patients. Oli-Pet is the trade name for U.S Animal Nutritionals of Vermont's extract of the olive leaf. Research and animal studies have shown Olive Leaf Extract to be effective against a broad spectrum of microbial agents, including viruses, bacteria and even parasites. Oli-Pet can be considered one of the most useful and safe natural anti-microbial herbal extracts yet discovered. It can inhibit and kill over 100 microorganisms which can cause disease and death on a broad scale. Oli-Pet can be considered Nature’s antibiotic remedy to be used to prevent and treat numerous animal infectious conditions and health problems related to:
The potent healing properties of Oli-Pet Olive Leaf Extract in so many diverse areas makes it one of the most comprehensive and versatile phytonutrients in products discovered to date. The principal active component in Oli-Pet is Oleuropein, a natural product of the iridoid group. Upon hydrolysis, Oleuropein can produce other bioactive fractions including Elenolic Acid. Oleuropein can be found in the olive tree’s bark, leaves, roots, wood and fruit where it protects the plant from nearly every insect and bacterial invader known and provides mankind with a truly remarkable therapeutic agent with broad health applications.
The olive tree has produced medicinal products from the earliest time of recorded history. For instance, olive oil was the main ingredient for treating a variety of afflictions as recorded in the annals of folk medicine including burns and inflammation. Hippocrate's records showed olive oil preparations were used for treating ulcers, cholera and pain.
Beginning in the early nineteenth century, medical journals began to report that the bitter tea brewed from olive leaves was an effective treatment for malaria, a parasitic disease passed on to man and animals through mosquitoes. Many patients improved using this therapy, but further work on this natural antibiotic and antiviral agent was to wait for another 100 years before the true extent of olive leaf extract’s healing potential would be discovered. Later in that century, biochemists isolated a crude powdered extract from olive leaves, which contained Oleuropein, which was considered to be the source of the olive tree’s powerful disease and pest-resistant properties. Oleuropein can be found in most parts of the tree, but is especially rich in the leaves.
In 1962, research done in Italy showed that Oleuropein could reduce high blood pressure in animals. Other studies demonstrated that Oleuropein could increase blood flow, relieve arrhythmias and prevent intestinal spasms. A Dutch scientist isolated a terpenoid compound from the Olive Leaf Extract, which was called Elenolic Acid.
By 1969, pharmaceutical chemists at Upjohn found that upon acid hydrolysis, Oleuropein would produce this same Elenolic Acid, which was isolated as its calcium salt. They tested Calcium Elenolate against a wide range of microorganisms in-vitro, including viruses, bacteria and parasites and found it was extremely active as an anti-microbial agent. They proved that Olive Leaf Extract kills germs and infective agents of all kinds and that Elenolic Acid or its salt, Calcium Elenolic Acid was active as well. Unfortunately, when Calcium Elenolate was tested in-vivo in dogs, it would bring to serum proteins and lose its antimicrobial activity according to the scientists at Upjohn. Oleuropein, apparently in its natural state, can bypass this tying up problem caused by Elenolic Acid. Dr. Morton Walker, a medical journalist, reports in his book Nature’s Antibiotic — Olive Leaf Extract, that Oleuropein is active against 137 infectious diseases shown in the medical literature or reported by health practitioners doing clinical evaluation with the Olive Leaf Extract. This comprehensive list is reported on page 65 (Table I) of his book.
A partial list of where Olive Leaf Extract was reported to be effective is shown below:
Physicians have reported that Oli-Pet is effective in eliminating the symptoms and source of many types of infection due to bacteria, viruses and parasites as well as other conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, some forms of cancer, skin eruptions and psoriasis. Oli-Pet is especially effective against respiratory conditions of bacterial origin, including tonsillitis, pharangitis and tracheitis. Viral infections such as herpes, influenza, and shingles respond well to Olive Leaf Extract therapy.
According to well-documented scientific evidence, the myriad of pharmaceutical antibiotics developed over the past fifty years are no longer as effective against bacterial infections as they once were. Bacteria have developed antibiotic resistant mechanisms, which negate the protective effect of many antibiotics commonly used today. Proof of this is that over 2 million people are infected in hospitals every year even when given antibiotics to prevent infection.
Bacteria replicate at very accelerated rates inside an infected animal and if the bacterial numbers exceed the capabilities of the immune defense, dire consequences follow. Bacteria bring about illness by churning out micro-toxins or by digesting and breaking down tissues.
Antibiotics work by killing the growing bacterial colony in one of three methods:
In order to work, antibiotics must penetrate the bacterium or bind to the outer membrane of the cell wall. With the excessive use of antibiotics over the past 20 years, bacteria have been able to develop mutation strategies, which no longer allow the antibiotic to penetrate the bacteria or bind to the cell. Microbes also have been able to neutralize the antibiotics by using immunological genes called plasmids (small circular strands of DNA). These plasmids help the bacteria to generate enzymes, which can actually destroy the antibiotic and render it harmless. When "Super bugs" come on the scene, it requires a whole new class of more sophisticated antibiotics to overcome them. The problem is that the pharmaceutical industry is not keeping up.
For instance, the super new strain of staphylococcus, although once killed by Penicillin, now has adapted to inactivate every antibiotic used against it except Vancomycin, a potent antibiotic that unfortunately also has major adverse side effects.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria have led to a big increase in ear, lung and sinus infections in children and adults. Drug resistant food-born salmonella cases have drastically increased since 1979. Pharmaceutical companies are having difficulty in developing new super antibiotics to treat these drug-resistant bacteria. They have failed in many cases to produce anti-viral medicines that are effective against many of the super bugs now evolving.
Olive Leaf Extract has now shown itself to be an answer and possible approach to overcome and destroy these super antibiotic resistant microorganisms. Clinical and laboratory studies have clearly shown that the active ingredient in Olive Leaf Extract will kill most viruses, all types of resistant bacteria, Anthrax, yeast, parasites as well as influenza virus, Ebola, HIV and other emerging viruses. This discovery may well provide the safety, protection and healing power in those cases where medical science and drug research have not provided an answer.
U.S Animal Nutritionals of Vermont’s Oli-Pet is an herbal extract prepared from olive leaves that is standardized to contain a minimum of 15% Oleuropein. Oli-Pet is the powerful way to fight viral and bacterial infections. Standard antibiotics suppress the body's natural immune system, and can destroy beneficial microbes. Oli-Pet works by stimulating the animal's own protective cells (phagocytes) to inactivate and ingest foreign invaders. It has no impact on "friendly" intestinal micro-organisms. It is extremely helpful in treating the following conditions:
Canine Hepatitis Infected Sutures
Kennel Cough Gum Disease
Peritonitis Urinary Tract Infection
Staph Infections Lyme's Disease
Chronic Bladder Infections Upper Respiratory Infections
Ring Worm Hairy Heal Wart and Oral Viral Warts (dogs)
Ear Mites Foot Rot
Oli-Pet has undergone extensive toxicological testing and has produced no adverse effects when given in large doses to laboratory animals over long periods of time. Safety studies have been done on both Oleuropein and its hydrolysis products Elenolic Acid and Beta 3, 4 dihydroxyphenylethyl alcohol, both of which demonstrate bioactivity as well. Oli-Pet is nonmutagenic and is considered an extremely safe product.
Oli-Pet is available in a both 250 & 500 mg capsules and in a 15cc and 300 gram tube containing a paste which can be dispensed by plunger action, for those animals that will not take pills easily. The tube nozzle is placed in the back of the animal’s throat and squeezed to administer the proper dosage. The recommended dosage as a preventative, is one dose daily for animals up to 70 lbs, and two doses daily for animals over 70 lbs.
The only adverse effect of using Olive Leaf Extract to fight off an active infection is a counter response known as the Herxheimer Reaction. It is caused by a large "die-off" of the pathological organism causing the infection, which in turn may lead to an allergic or toxic overload effect. The body's own immune system destroys the dead bacteria and the breakdown products can cause a variety of toxic symptoms. Some detoxification symptoms may occur with the initial use of Oli-Pet as it kills bad microbes faster than the body can eliminate them. This is easily remedied by reducing the dosage for a few days to allow the animal's waste disposal system to catch up. Once the cleaning takes place, which may take up to several days, energy levels will increase and the symptoms will subside
All the components found in Glyco-Flex® PLUS EQ and Glyco-Flex® PLUS and DOUBLE STRENGTH for Dogs have been used in the veterinary field for many years and are extremely safe to use as directed. The nutritional factors found in the products are part of normal metabolism of the cells and are used by the body without causing negative side effects.
Oli-Pet possesses direct anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic activity when taken orally or applied topically. Oleuropein breaks down in the body to produce Elenolic Acid, a compound which has shown exceptional virucidal and bactericidal activity against all viruses and bacteria for which it has been tested. Oleuropein is able to enhance the immune response and enable the body to fight infection more effectively. There are specific ways that Oleuropein is able to work against microbes. They include:
By attacking microbes directly and improving the immune response, Olive Leaf Extract (Oli-Pet) can work in a one-two punch to help the body eradicate and destroy the microorganism. Oleuropein, via its breakdown into Elenolic Acid within the cell is able to directly penetrate infected host cells and irreversibly inhibit viral replication. It also works on latent viruses as well apparently without influencing other mechanisms or reactions of the host cell. This remarkable property may explain why Oli-Pet is completely nontoxic.
Earlier studies with the Calcium salt of Elenolic Acid showed that the compound, having excellent virucidal and bactericidal results in test culture systems (in vitro), quickly lost activity when given to a host animal (in vivo). The problem was that Calcium Elenolate rapidly binds to proteins in the blood and was made inactive. Further research discovered a method of formulation that could bypass the protein-clinging property and leave the Oleuropein structure intact. The resulting formula became the proprietary dietary supplement Oli-Pet, composed of active Oleuropein and other synergistic components found in Olive Leaf Extract which includes Quercetin and other flavanoid structures.
There have been many clinical studies which have validated Oli-Pet's excellent antimicrobial activity against a whole host of pathogens. For example, in 1993, Oli-Pet was tested on six patients with genital herpes. Three of the patients reported that their lesions disappeared within 48 hours. The remaining three increased their dosage with one reporting that most of the lesions were gone three days later. The other two did better but did not eliminate their lesions entirely. Results showed that 66% (4 out of 6) eliminated their lesions on the Olive Leaf Extract and 33% (2 out of 6) showed improvement.
Dr. Walker reported in his book, Nature’s Antibiotic-Olive Leaf Extract , a summary of Olive Leaf Extract effectiveness against a number of health conditions as reported on pages 72-73. The Chief Investigator, Robert Lyons, O.M.D., M.S. at the Robert Lyons Clinic in Budapest, Hungary, did the evaluations.
|Disease Entities||No of Patients||Fully Recovered||Improved||Unchanged||Deteriorated|
|Respiratory diseases (tonsillitis, pharyngitis, tracheitis, etc.)||119||115||4||none||none|
|Lung conditions (pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.)||45||42||3||none||none|
|Dental problems (pulpitis, leukoplakia, stomatitis)||67||60||5||2||none|
|Skin conditions (herpes and other viral skin problems)||172||120||52||none||none|
|Bacterial skin infections (pyoderma, injuries)||37||30||7||none||none|
|Ulcer disease (while experiencing Helicobacter pylori infection)||17||none||17||none||none|
From the above results, the Clinic's conclusions are:
1.The rate of improvement or recovery from all bacterial and viral infections was approximately 98 percent.
2. For all patients involved in this clinical study, the body’s immune system was strengthened.
3. Including children and adolescents among the tested patients, none experienced any adverse side effects.
Characteristics of the study’s patients -
Gender: 58% women 42% men
Ages: 10 to 20 years: 12
20 to 30 years: 117
30 to 40 years: 143
40 to 50 years 181
50 and over: 47
Number of patients: 500
Source: A Clinic Investigation by the Robert Lyons Clinic of Budapest, Hungary — Robert Lyons, O.M.D., M.S. was the chief investigator.
These results point out the exceptional success rate that Olive Leaf Extract can have on a large variety of health conditions.
Oli-Pet as a therapeutic agent, goes beyond its antimicrobial activity. Research shows it also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are especially beneficial for aiding cardiovascular disease, yeast infections and inflammatory conditions.
Olive Leaf Extract is beneficial for both coronary heart disease (CHD) and peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
Researchers at the University of Milan reported in a 1994 study that Oleuropein protects, as an antioxidant, low density lipoproteins from oxidation and interferes with the biochemical events that lead to arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Oleuropein has similar antioxidant properties of various polyphenolic compounds and flavonoids that protect the cardiovascular system.
Physicians have reported that Olive Leaf Extract is effective in reducing hypertension and can help eliminate arterial fibrillation which usually leads to the implantation of a permanent pacemaker. Arterial fibrillation is a heart condition marked by rapid, irregular heart rate from 130 to 150 beats per minute. Studies in Belgium and Spain reported a significant decrease in high blood pressure in patients after being on Olive Leaf Extract for three months. The investigators found that it reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Multiple animal studies have confirmed Olive Leaf Extract’s ability to reduce hypertension as well to normalize arrhythmic action of the heart.
Specific areas where Olive Leaf Extract is effective include:
Intestinal parasites is a major problem with equine, canine, feline and bovine. They can cause severe gastrointestinal problems, chief among them being diarrhea. Parasites which can infect the gastrointestinal tract include viruses, fungi, bacteria, protozoa and helminth worms. They can cause serious irritation of the GI tract, interfere with bodily functions and release multiple toxins into the body, causing tissue injury and disease.
Malaria is a serious world-wide disease caused by the different species of the protozoan organism Plasmodium, transferred by the female mosquito. Malaria attacks occur in a regular cycle which include fatigue and high fever. It can be especially fatal to the very young, the old and animals with a weakened system.
Olive Leaf Extract is perhaps the most effective antiparasitic agent available and can clean out both blood-born and GI tract parasites in a relatively short time. Depending on the size of the animal, 2-10 grams daily over several weeks, is quite effective in eliminating the plasmodium parasite (malaria), pinworms, ear mites, giardia, ring worm and round worms, just to name a few. Taken on a daily basis, Oli-Pet can truly prevent these parasites from coming back once they have been eliminated.
As mentioned earlier, Oli-Pet also is a potent anti-inflammatory preparation which can be very effective against a number of inflammatory conditions caused by:
Oleuropein is the apparent active anti-inflammatory factor in Olive Leaf Extract although there may be other anti-inflammatory flavanoids present as well. Oli-Pet works well to bring relief of the pain and swelling associated with the above conditions.
There is a wide range of health problems for which the Olive Leaf Extract - Oli-Pet has been found to be effective, as this report has shown. In an age of increased threat of serious infectious diseases and "super microbes", the antimicrobial properties of Oli-Pet are truly encouraging. Olive Leaf Extract can perform both as a preventive or therapeutic factor against viruses, bacteria and a host of parasites.
Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract also include:
The olive tree has been called the Tree of Life. With the revelation of the many wonderful healing properties of Olive Leaf Extract now being clinically documented — this statement takes on a whole new meaning.