Many of us know that olive oil is one of the kings of healthy fats, but most of us don’t know about the incredible compounds inside that make it so great.
Studies have shown that the oil protects against atherosclerosis and the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (which leads to the increase of damaging cholesterol levels).[1,2] On top of this, it also aids in metabolizing glucose, regulates blood pressure, provides a dose of antioxidants, improves skin health and even promotes the burning of stored fat![3,4,5]
But what exactly is it that gives olive oil all these beneficial properties?
There’s actually a pretty long list of compounds in olive oil, but the leading contributors are oleuropein, oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol. Olive leaf extract emphasizes these three compounds while removing the dietary fat (and thus the caloric density) of olive oil.
The main components from Olive Leaf Extract
Let’s take a look at each one in turn to see what makes them so special:
Oleuropein: Blood Pressure Regulator and Antioxidant Agent
Oleuropein is the primary agent in regulating blood pressure, and contributes much of the potent antioxidant content. It’s also the main motivator behind creating a leaf extract, as it’s most densely concentrated in olive leaves. You can actually tell an olive oil’s oleuropein content by how pungent it smells and tastes! Some amount of it is actually often removed from olives because too much of it gives them a bitter taste.
It’s also a thermogenic in its own right. Studies have shown it mobilizes brown adipose tissue, which is stored fat that you are particularly susceptible to putting on during periods of inactivity, and to improve the secretion of adrenaline and noradrenaline.[6,7]
Pyroxamine’s olive leaf extract is among the best of those on the market, standardized for a minimum of 10% oleuropein content. Aside from granting the health benefits without the caloric load, the advantage of taking olive leaf extract as a supplement is that oleuropein works best when it’s taken consistently over an extended period of time.
Oleic Acid: Reduce Your Bad Cholesterol
Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid known to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, and has been shown in some studies to raise HDL (good) cholesterol.[3,8] It also is thought to contribute to blood pressure regulation along with oleuropein. Triglycerides of oleic acid actually are what makes up most of olive oil.
Some oleic acid is included in Pyroxamine’s olive leaf extract to synergize with the benefits of oleuropein, but not enough to contribute any kind of significant caloric load. This extract is all about burning the fat, not adding to it!
Hydroxytyrosol: Antioxidant and inflammation inhibitor
This phenylethanoid is another potent contributor of antioxidants, and also is the primary contributor to the extract’s cardiovascular benefit. It’s been shown in studies to inhibit oxidative stress and inflammation, and also plays a role in dopamine production.
Quality olive oil is a good natural source of hydroxytyrosol, but you can’t count on canned or processed olives for it. The addition of salt oxidizes it and neutralizes its benefits.
The Pyroxamine Advantage
We’ve mentioned before that consistency is key in getting the full benefit of olive leaf extract, so taking it in the form of a regular thermogenic weight loss supplement (like Myokem Pyroxamine) ensures you’re getting the quantity and frequency you need. Not only that, but olive oil production is a bit of a “questionable” industry, especially those imported from Italy where regulation is lax and it’s difficult for customs to pick up on adulteration.
A good quality olive oil from a reputable producer is a great dietary addition for anyone, but with Pyroxamine you can be sure you’re getting the health benefit while burning fat and getting mental focus. You can get a free sample on this page or on the homepage, or compare prices and see the best deal using PricePlow below.