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Profiles in Power: Olive Leaf Extract

Posted in Infection Killing Protocol, Profiles, Spending Wisely, and Supplements

If you’ve read the blog posts on UTI protocols, you know that OLE plays a central role in killing all kinds of infections. The active ingredient in OLE is oleuropein, which is a highly bio-available phenolic acid effective against bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens. Combined with the fact that it’s completely non-toxic to human cells,

It is reassuring to know when considering olive leaf extract dosage, that it has very very low toxicity. (Even water taken in excess can be toxic).
In tests using oleuropein, one of the major active constituents, researchers were unable to find the toxic dose.* Other complete extracts used in animal tests and on human tissues had no ill-effects on the cells tested.

lowers bad cholesterol, restores BP to healthy levels, and has been shown to destroy cancer cells
we have ourselves a winner, here. The honey badger of herbal medicine.




Oleuropein has been shown to have strong antimicrobial activity against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria [5759] as well as mycoplasma [60]

Oleuropein and hydrolysis products are able to inhibit the development and production of enterotoxin B by Staphylococcus aureus, the development of Salmonella enteritidis and the germination and consequent development of spores of Bacillus cereus [5767]. Oleuropein and other phenolic compounds (p-hydroxybenzoic, vanillic and p-coumaric acids) completely inhibit the development of Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli and B. cereus [58].

The only concern with OLE is that it shouldn’t be combined with prescription medication for high blood pressure, because it naturally lowers blood pressure, and the the meds will depress BP further, to unsafe levels. If you’re on those meds and you’d like to try OLE, please discuss it with your doctor.

There are two other factors to consider:

  1. There’s more weak, ineffective OLE for sale out there than quality product, and
  2. Because OLE works on so many things, the speed with which it affects your bladder depends on how many other issues it runs into along the way.

When you take OLE, it first encounters whatever pathogens you have in your gut. For most people, that’s Candida.
Lots of it.

As in, it’ll blow your mind when you find out how much, because the symptoms of intestinal Candida overgrowth are widely varied and easily attributed to other things.
Since most people don’t know they have it, when they take something that kills it, they feel terribly sick and immediately think they’re having a bad reaction, they must be allergic to that supplement, etc., when actually, it’s exactly what needs to happen. The Candida must be removed (at least partially) from the intestinal lining before the OLE can move into the bloodstream, and until it does that, it can’t make it into your bladder. Fortunately, you don’t have to kill all of the excess Candida before the OLE begins to take effect, because the OLE starts being absorbed through the intestinal wall in the areas where Candida has been cleared.

The bladder is quite literally the last stop in your system, so by the time OLE gets there, it’s fought for every inch of ground it’s gained. Pathogens in your intestines, pathogens in your blood, pathogens in your organs, and THEN pathogens in your bladder fall like dominoes. The amount of time it takes you to start killing the UTI is in direct proportion to the amount of pathogens that had to be removed along the way.

As I mentioned in a previous post, though, killing Candida eases the pain of a UTI even before any bacteria are killed, because Candida exacerbates bladder pain and inflammation.

So, your bladder should start feeling somewhat better as the rest of you feels somewhat worse, and as you press on you suddenly begin to feel much, much better. Not only do the bladder symptoms decrease, you feel better all over, and have more energy.

To kill a UTI, you want to start out taking around 100 mg of oleuropein with every meal, and gradually build up to taking around 350 mg per meal, and another dose the same size at bedtime. You don’t have to be super exact: it can be a little more or a little less, but you want to work your way up to around 1500 mg of oleuropein per day to kill every last pathogen in your bladder. Read the OLE label carefully, as discussed here, to ascertain how many mg of oleuropein is contained in each capsule in order to determine how many capsules to take per dose.



  1. I’ve ordered some Swanson OL extract and the capsules are 750mg each. You suggest starting slowly on 100mg, so just wondering what I should do? Thank you.

    June 19, 2016
    • Rebekah W.
      Rebekah W.

      Those 750 mg capsules contain 150 mg of the active ingredient, oleuropein. Check out the post on deciphering OLE supplement labels: it can be confusing, but that post should make it clear.
      Start with 1 of those Swanson capsules per meal, and maybe one more right before bed, if you’re feeling okay. Some people start feeling die-off the first day, some take 24 hrs for it to really start kicking in.
      Expect brain fog, headache, and nausea at some point: that’s Candida dying faster than your liver can keep up with. You can drink a little baking soda water for the nausea, 1/4 tsp baking soda in 4 oz water.

      You want to ride the edge of that die-off wave, killing enough Candida to get your bowels moving freely, and then you slam the charcoal according to directions, and that mops up the die-off toxins and living Candida, too. The key is to get your bowels going so the charcoal can flush through there easily, not getting caught up on anything slow-moving. (It can take 1-3 days to see loose stools)

      Expect to lose 5-10 lbs by the time you’ve killed all your Candida: your body retains fluid to dilute Candida toxins, so when you kill Candida, your body dumps the excess fluid.
      And yes, that IS an indirect way to say that you’re going to have some diarrhea. But you’ll start feeling awesome then, because you’re dumping toxins. The bounce back makes you feel like Wonder Woman.

      June 19, 2016
  2. Kristina

    Hello Rebekah! I’m needing some serious help. The past two months I’ve had doctors tell me all sorts of different things. The beginning of July I thought I had a UTI bec I was frequently urinating. I took cranberry pills every day and nothing helped. I got tested and it was negative. I bought the AZO bladder control then went to the doctor again. She said it sounds like I have an overactive bladder and gave me VESlcare. The side effects seemed crazy to me so I didn’t take it because the frequency was come and go… Not as bad as a month ago. Yesterday I woke up and my urine had a horrible smell and now it burns terribly when I urinate. I’ve had UTI’s before and have always taken Bactrim and it’s helped but this is terribly worse. When I was young I also had bladder reflux when I was 2 and 4. I took Bactrim then to help me. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with this but I would love your opinion about this. I’m in so much pain and need help!
    Thank you!

    July 31, 2016
    • Rebekah W.
      Rebekah W.

      Start the emergency pain relief measures immediately, and make cinnamon tea!

      It sounds like you have an infection now: I would order the test strips and OLE right away, and drink baking soda water! Do you have raw garlic and cinnamon in the house?

      July 31, 2016
  3. TL Henderson
    TL Henderson

    Hello Rebekah.
    I just sent a FB msg. via Pantry Pharmacy. I am in desperate need of some assistance. On vacation and really bummed that I am pretty certain I have a UTI. Any help you can give would be so appreciated! Blessings and thanks!

    November 1, 2016
  4. Tami

    How do you make cinnamon tea?

    December 12, 2016
  5. Sandra

    I have a blood pressure of 9/6. I do want to take oleuropein. What if my blood pressures lowers more given that from what I read about its benefits this occurs. Is there something I can take to increase my BP if it starts to drop?

    April 5, 2017
    • Rebekah W.
      Rebekah W.

      OLE naturally lowers high BP: it won’t affect normal BP levels.
      Mine is naturally low, usually around 110/70, and it never affected me.

      April 5, 2017
      • Sandra

        Thank you very much for your reply. Rebekah, this is a great website, such great information. I thank you for taking care of it, and all the dedication you have put in it.

        April 6, 2017

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