How much oleuropein is in Animal Essentials Olive Leaf tincture?
We do not standardize to oleuropein. Instead our goal is to produce an extract that represents the entire chemistry of the leaf, including oleuropein, the content of which is variable by nature. Generally speaking, we can expect anywhere in the range of 15-25mg of naturally occurring oleuropein per 1 ml of our tincture. Its important to know that although oleuropein has been proven as a powerful component of olive leaf, it does not singularly guarantee the efficacy of a product. The antmicrobial/antiviral activities of oleuropein were discovered many years ago, and several studies since have shown that although it is an important component, it is not the only naturally-occurring component to consider. Oleuropein acts in relation to several other compounds which must also be present in order for olive leaf to work its magic. So again, the key to producing a good olive leaf extract is to assure that the entire chemistry is represented in the formula. Standardizing to assure a guaranteed, higher-than-natural amount of oleuropein is unnecessary and in my mind, expensive and misleading to the consumer.
An herbalists rule: The whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.
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