Olive Leaf Extract May Help Gout

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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Olive leaf extract is a folk medicine remedy for gout.  A new study lends credence to the historical use, showing that olive leaf extract1 can inhibit the enzyme xanthine oxidase, which is the main way that uric acid is formed (gout occurs when there is too much uric acid).

The activity of xanthine oxidase is a normal function of your liver and so is the production of uric acid.  However, when your liver stresses out one thing that can happen is the excess production of uric acid, which is highly inflammatory and not only causes gout but is stressful to your circulation and cardiovascular system. 

Any individual with high uric acid or gout should always work on improving liver health as a fundamental. Adding olive leaf extract to that approach is likely to be of help as we can now see that it helps calm down the enzyme system that makes uric acid.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Olive Leaf Extract and Gout  Phytomedicine.  Flemmig J, Kuchta K, Arnhold J, Rauwald HW.

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