The primary active compounds in unprocessed olive leaf are believed to be the antioxidants oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol.
These antioxidants found in olive leaves play a major role in protecting cells from damage caused by poor diet, pollution,
excessive exposure to the sun, cigarette smoke and alcohol – all of which can lead to advanced aging of the skin and other parts of the body.
Antioxidants work by “soaking up” free radicals; free radicals are created as a result of the millions of chemical reactions that happen in our bodies all day, every day, that produce our energy, and keep our systems moving. These free radicals crash about inside our cells and can cause huge amounts of damage.
Free radicals are thought to cause the aging of our cells, which on a large scale, means the aging of our skin! Free radicals can also cause some cancers, and even heart disease. Bioassays support its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory effects at a laboratory level. A liquid extract made directly from fresh olive leaves recently gained international attention when it was shown to have an antioxidant capacity almost double green tea extract and 400% higher than vitamin C.