Olive leaf is one of my favorite work horse medications during the cold and flu season. So stock up.
"One of the primary compounds in olive leaf, a substance called oleuropein, has attracted scientific attention since the early 1900s.
An iridoid by definition, oleuropein exhibits antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity, and is useful for fighting various types of internal infections. Oleuropein also appears to increase the body's production of thermogenin, a substance that helps us to burn fat more efficiently."
"In 1969, a major pharmaceutical company's researchers found that olive leaf inhibits the growth of every virus, bacterium, fungus, yeast, and protozoan that it was tested against. The company's research indicated that Olive Leaf Extract is effective against a minimum of 56 disease-causing organisms. Company scientists found that the viruses that were killed by the olive leaf substance are the coxsackie virus, the parainfluenza 3 virus, the herpes virus, the pseudo-rabies virus, the vesicular stomatitis virus, the encephalomyocarditis virus, Newcastle disease virus, polio virus, and the Sindbis virus, to name a few. The book lists many more viruses as well as a list of fungi."