Olive Leaf Extract

The leaves of the olive tree have been proven to have powerful antifungal properties. An extract of the leaves has been shown to affect a cure against the most stubborn strains of fungi. Taken as a capsule, twice a day with food, will help to boost your immune system at the same time as it cures your athlete's foot or toenail fungus.

Skin Condition

Athlete's foot is a dermatological condition that is caused by a fungal infection that develops between the toes and on the soles of the feet. No less than 15% of all Americans suffer from the ailment, though the majority of the afflicted are men. Regular use of olive leaf extract not only cures the fungal infection but may prevent a future recurrence.

There is a wide variation in the effectiveness of the product, so it's important to buy olive leaf extract from a reputable manufacturer. Only careful processing of the plant can ensure that the extract will be strong enough to do the job. The extract comes in a variety of forms: tincture, capsules, and salves. Because the potency of the salve may vary from brand to brand, use only as directed on the label. In comparing labels, the amount of active ingredient in the product, oleuropein, should be your guideline. A higher amount of this ingredient as listed on the label signifies a better quality salve and more efficient treatment.

On the other hand, treatment with olive leaf extract in capsule form should be done in a gradual manner to prevent the Herxheimer reaction, also known as "die-off." This is the process of the body's detoxification and presents with flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, fatigue, vomiting, headaches, and diarrhea. In general, this reaction is seen when the extract is introduced in large amounts. A slow and gradual dosing avoids this adverse reaction.

Treatment Guidelines

In the absence of directions on the packaging of the olive leaf extract product, make use of the following guidelines for treatment:

*For athlete's foot—Wash the feet in warm water, pat feet dry, and apply a liberal amount of the extract over the soles. Leave on 30 minutes, then rinse off. Continue until the condition is cured. Most patients begin to see results within 3 days and are cured within 2 weeks.

*For toenail fungus—Take 1-3 capsules of olive leaf extract twice daily with food. Make sure to drink lots of water during the treatment, 8-10 glasses a day. The treatment must be continued until the damaged nail has grown out.