The title might be a little misleading as you can sort of figure out what olive leaf extract is just by saying the phrase what is “olive leaf extract.” When we ask what something is, we mean what is it to us? What can we use it for to help us achieve our fitness goals? How can it make us better people, either physically or mentally? Where does X supplement come from and what happens if we mix it with Y or Z?
Olive Leaf Extract’s Place in Supplementation
The purpose of this blog is to help you be the absolute best that you can be by providing you with tips and tricks of the trade. Some of the tips and tricks are common knowledge that we feel need to be drilled in to your skull so that you don’t misuse or overlook something. Some of the tips and tricks are rare diamonds that most people aren’t taking advantage of. One of those rare diamonds is a little something called olive leaf extract.
The benefits of olive leaf extract supplementation include some crazy important ones. Improving heart health by lowering cholesterol, reducing blood pressure, and cancer risk reduction are three of the more beautiful side benefits. SIDE BENEFITS. For us, we care about olive leaf extract supplementation because of the studies published supporting the idea that it leads to fat burn and weight loss. Improving your body’s overall health by loading your system with antioxidants usually leads to improved workouts and recoveries. Since the olive leaf extract is a powerful antioxidant, it would make sense that you’ll lose more weight while supplementing. The extract itself isn’t what is making you lose weight, it’s just giving you the means to have more successful workouts!
How Much do you Need?
Many different supplements on the market have olive leaf extract in them, especially if you’re talking about mid-workout or post workout mixes. Consider getting on a ramp up plan if you haven’t been taking any extract at all and want to start adding it to your macro or stack. If you need to learn more about the different types of olive leaf supplementation and doses needed, we strongly recommend reading this blog post we released back in March.
Olives are going to give you all the same health benefits as their extract, just in smaller doses. Assuming you enjoy the way they taste, substitute some of your snacks with handfuls of black olives. The green ones give you some sustenance, but the black ones are going to give you more. Sub out all of the vegetable oil with olive oil when it comes to cooking and baking. Not only does olive oil give you all of the same benefits as extract, but it is lower in sodium and calories than alternative cooking oils. If you’re already taking a post-workout mix that is rich with olive leaf extract or other antioxidant baring ingredients, you might want to skip the extra supplementation steps and focus on olives in your diet to complement your post workout supplements instead!