I am taking Olive Leaf Extract that is 18% Oleuropein with olive leaf
powder in tablet form, 3 times a day. Recommended dosage is usually 1 or 2 a day.
you can find some olive leaf extracts that are 20%.
Do not use olive leaf extract that contains alcohol.
I have not seen dryness listed in any of the contraindications.
Pregnant women should not use Olive Leaf, and those with allergies to Olives should check with a health care provider before taking this herb. Do not take Olive leaf if you have a history of kidney stones
or feel you have a kidney stone. Olive Leaf may add to the effects of hypoglycemic agents and antihypertensives.
You said you are taking between 6-12 a day. Depending on the amount of oleuropein,
you may be overdoing it.
Olive leaf extract kills viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites,
it is also an anti tumor agent.
There are other benefits too lengthy to go into here.
An interesting copy and paste regarding the anti tumor effect.
Oleuropein, a non-toxic secoiridoid derived from the olive tree, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-angiogenic agent. Here, we show it to be a potent anti-cancer compound, directly disrupting actin filaments in cells and in a cell-free assay. Oleuropein inhibited the proliferation and migration of advanced-grade tumor cell lines in a dose-responsive manner. In a novel tube-disruption assay, Oleuropein irreversibly rounded cancer cells, preventing their replication, motility, and invasiveness; these effects were reversible in normal cells. When administered orally to mice that developed spontaneous tumors, Oleuropein completely regressed tumors in 9-12 days. When tumors were resected prior to complete regression, they lacked cohesiveness and had a crumbly consistency. No viable cells could be recovered from these tumors. These observations elevate Oleuropein from a non-toxic antioxidant into a potent anti-tumor agent with direct effects against tumor cells. Our data may also explain the cancer-protective effects of the olive-rich Mediterranean diet.
PMID: 16024000 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]