The healing power of the olive has been treasured for thousands of years and its recorded use goes back to pre-alphabet markings on pottery. We have evolved with the olive and its immortal essence is found today in trees that are more than 5,000 years old and still producing their healing olives. Perhaps the olive is the truefountain of youth and one of its most important healing secrets is oleuropein. Oleuropein is a potent antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals. It has been shown that oleuropein has a direct antioxidant effect on skin, due to its free radical scavenging action at the skin level. Treatment of human embryonic fibroblasts with oleuropein was found to decrease the intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These cells exhibited a delay in senescence and had a fifteen percent (15%) increased lifespan. Oleuropein has many pharmacological properties that aid in the protection of skin cells. It is antimicrobial, it slows the progress of cell aging, protects the skin from environmental stress including chronic UVB radiation-induced skin damage, and it is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. In numerous scientific studies, oleuropein has been proven to protect the skin from damage associated with aging and disease.
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