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It is well known that the Mediterranean diet is associated with a long healthy life and olives and olive oil are important components of this diet. Olive leaves contain the same beneficial plant compounds found in these foods and have been used for hundreds of years in folk medicine to treat a variety of illnesses. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in New Zealand and high blood pressure is an important risk factor. Research has shown that 37% of New Zealanders have high blood pressure.
Massey University is conducting an intervention trial to determine whether olive leaf extract supplementation can reduce blood pressure and other heart disease risk markers.
This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Reading (UK) Research Ethics Committee, Reference UERC 13/02.
For any other enquiries, please email Stacey Lockyer or call 094140800 ext 41183.
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Last updated on Wednesday 23 July 2014