Seagate Olive Leaf Extract Description
Olive leaf Extract is a natural antimicrobial that has been used for dietary support in controlling many viruses, fungi, bacteria, and even some parasites. Olive Leaf Extract is doctor-recommended. However, as the manufacturer, Seagate is not permitted by FDA to make specific medical claims for this product regarding its ability to kill off microorganisms that cause specific disease.
Seagate employees hand select our olive leaves from local trees immediately after the olives are harvested each winter. This is the moment of highest level of phytochemical and antioxidant activity once the fruit has ripened.
Seagate employs a cold-press freshwater extraction process, without the use of any chemicals, solvents, or alcohol. We use a mechanical process to crush the leaves, before they are placed in a freshwater bath where the phytochemicals are dissolved. Specially-designed vacuum tanks are then used to recover both dissolved and undissolved solids. This is a whole herb extract that carefully concentrates all the phytochemicals provided by Nature, without having any residual solvent appear in the finished product, and without altering the delicate structure and balance of the phytochemicals and nutritional components of the olive leaf.
The oleuropein contained in this Seagate product is just one element of the array of active phytochemicals found in the olive leaf which some companies have mistakenly used as their measure of potency. Seagate uses independent laboratories to test our finished product for quality and purity, as we do for all our other products.
Olive leaves have been used safely for thousands of years. The only known side-effect is the possibility of a Herxheimer reaction, an allergic response caused by the rapid die-off of germs that release toxins which may temporarily cause a brief allergic reaction, lasting for several days.
Purity: There is no filler or excipient in this or any Seagate product. It is 100% pure, derived only from olive leaves. That is why the product is green.
Dietary support maybe needed to protect you against resistant strains of bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Take 2 to 4 capsules per day as a maintenance level. Take 4 to 9 capsules per day for additional support, for up to 10 days.
Olive leaf can be taken with or between meals; although it is preferable to be taken one half hour before meal time. For throat irritations, you can open a capsule, dissolve the powder in 4 oz. of warm water, and gargle and swallow to help sooth your throat. The powder from this capsule can also be applied topically directly onto external skin irritations – a drop or two of water can be added to make a paste and gently rubbed into the skin. The skin will absorb the powder and its light green natural coloring. (The color will wash off with soap and water.) For irritations of the mouth or gums, pack some powder directly onto the irritated tissue and allow it to slowly dissolve.
One Seagate 450 mg. capsule costs about the same as the 250 mg. capsules made by many of our competitors. We are able to provide better value because we do not purchase our raw material from other dealers. Seagate harvests and performs the entire extraction process in our own plant. Seagate is now able to realize cost economies from processing 13 health food products within the same plant.
Other Ingredients: 100% Pure Vegetable Capsules.
Storage: Keep bottle tightly closed, in a cool dry place. Do not refrigerate.
A Statement Concerning Oleuropein % and Standardization :
The following is an explanation of the reasoning behind why Seagate's olive leaf labels do not state a standardized % for oleuropein. The principal reason is that this is not a standardized extract but rather a whole herb extract. We use a cold-pressed freshwater extraction method to process this product, with no solvents or alcohol. Seagate is not trying to isolate any one specific phytochemical, like oleuropein, but rather is concentrating all the phytochemicals in this herb without chemically destroying or eliminating any one of them.
Oleuropein is just one phytochemical in a group of 8 that have so far been discovered to be in the olive leaves. The other 7 are: caffeic acid, verbascoside, luteolin 7-O-glucoside, rutin, apigenin 7-O-glucoside and luteolin 4’-O-glucoside, and maslinic acid. Seagate does not try to only select and concentrate the most famous of these 8 phytochemicals just for the sake of having it appear on the label. Oleuropein content by itself is not a measure of strength of this herbal concentrate. Companies that do not process this extract are likely unaware of the relationship of all these phytochemicals in the olive leaf to the effectiveness of this product.
This is also how Seagate processes its grape seed and grape skin extracts. After all, this is supposed to be the natural foods industry, not the pharmaceutical industry. Foods and supplements should be processed without chemicals or solvents like hexane, and without trying to precipitate out one chemical component from an herb.
Another factor involved is truth in labeling. Many manufacturers of grape seed extract were quick to put standardized to 95% OPC on their grape seed extract labels. Unfortunately the methodology to measure OPCs in a lab does not exist. Also, OPCs are not to be the only active ingredient in the grape. Resveratrol is also a very important phytochemical. There are also a host of other anti-oxidant phytochemicals and other active nutrients to be found in the grape. However, so many manufacturers that process nothing more than paperwork, continue to pick up these "buzzwords", and place them on their labels hoping present their product as better than their competitors, when in fact they are just clones of one another, trying to market their product as better or containing more active ingredient. This is basically the "mine is bigger than yours" mentality used to market supplements.
Seagate's level of oleuropein in olive leaf extract, for the record, is 1%. The lab that performed the test has measured many other samples and found all to fall within the range of 1 to 7%. What really convinced us not to try to isolate oleuropein was the 1969 study by Upjohn in their search to create a natural anti-viral, where they further broke this chemical down into elenoic acid. It worked fine in in-vitro testing but completely failed in clinical trials. The isolation of that one chemical made it unstable; and combined with blood serum proteins, it became inactive.
The proof of this product's quality and potency has been in its results. Seagate has been used in clinics, and recommended by doctors. Syndicated national radio and t.v. health shows regularly discuss this Seagate product.
Seagate operates under the belief that Nature made olive leaf right to begin with, and we should be careful when we process it not to diminish this raw material nor change the balance of the various phytochemicals that are in it. We resist playing what is strictly a marketing game of randomly choosing this months active ingredient and putting as large a number as possible on the label in hope that the public might overlook the fact that this is entirely a gimmick to sell a product.
As always, thank you for your interest in Seagate products and your concern that you are buying the best. While hopefully we actually prove to be making the best product in each category, at least we can say that we process these products ourselves, in our own plant, without chemicals, and without destroying or removing all the other active nutrients that were placed in this herb by Nature.
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