Natural Remedies to Help Build a Strong Front-line Winter Defence [Interview][Transcript]

Stephen_Eddey_Olive_Leaf_Extract_health_benefitsGuest: Stephen Eddey
Presenter: Wayne Bucklar
Guest Bio: Stephen Eddey has completed a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (Charles Sturt University) and a Masters of Health Science (Southern Cross University). His Masters thesis was The Treatment of Obesity using Low Carbohydrate Diets. Stephen also completed a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, qualifying him to assess Natural Therapists. Stephen has twice been a guest lecturer for the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine on Nutritional Medicine, Immunology and Cancer.
Stephen’s areas of expertise include; vitamin/mineral supplements, arthritis, heart disease, obesity, female hormonal conditions, hormones, neurobiochemistry, cancer, immune related disorders, special purpose foods for fat loss and detoxification and low carbohydrate diets. Stephen is also a naturopath and nutritional consultant with Australis Natural Health.

Segment overview: According to Stephen Eddey, olive leaf extract has traditionally been used as a strong antimicrobial agent proving beneficial for supporting the immune system.Fresh-picked Olive leaf extract has been shown to contain a broad spectrum of over 20 potent antioxidants including Oleuropein, a polyphenol compound, which has been shown to be one of the most powerful antioxidants. It can supplement and complement our diet to help us tackle free radicals consistently.


Health Professional Radio – Olive Leaf Extract

Wayne Bucklar: You’re listening to Health Professional Radio. My name is Wayne Bucklar and joining me today is the Principal of Health Schools Australia, Stephen Eddey. Stephen’s been on the program a few times and comes back today to talk to us about Fresh Picked Olive Leaf Extract from Comvita. Stephen welcome back to Health Professional Radio.

Stephen Eddey: It’s great to be here Wayne, thanks for having me.

W: Now Stephen I saw this lead come thru about fresh picked Olive leaf extract and I don’t want to be cynical but why is fresh picked such an important element?

E: It’s a great question. We all know fresh is best but there’s no real, a lot of people don’t explain why it is. And the simple reason is because there’s some certain chemicals that degrade once you pick a plant and some of these chemicals are very, very important to human health. The most well-known one is Vitamin C of course and we know that fresh is best for Vitamin C. There’s also other Polyphenols which chemicals that have a very powerful anti-oxidant effect and a very powerful effect on boosting the immune system in the body and of course reducing inflammation and these are very, very important these chemicals are picked and consumed when the plant’s fresh otherwise they degrade.

W: That makes more sense. Now I noticed there’s not been much sign of winter certainly in my part of Australia. It hasn’t been one of those years when you’ve been going “Oh it’s chilly at Easter” but winter is just around the corner. Now that generally means coughs and colds season. Is Olive leaf Extract health a preparation that will actually help with that?

E: Absolutely. Of course we can eat well, keep out the junk food, keep our nutrients up, take multi-vitamins. They’re all fantastic, they help the immune system but it’s very very important to get in to Polyphenols that they can help us keep the immune system particularly high during these winter months and all, I mean Queensland too. We don’t have too much of winter but certainly Sydney and Melbourne and it does get cold here in Queensland in winter. This is when you need to take these anti-oxidants to protect yourself from getting a cold. So instead of getting it and then trying to treat it, it’s always best, my training as an expert is to prevent the disease in the first place – that’s always the best call.

W: Do we have good evidence that Olive leaf extract works as an anti-oxidant?

E: Absolutely. There’s been some wonderful studies that have been published on this. So the way I explain it to people it’s quite simple if you were to mention a plant in the sunlight it can’t just jump in the shade when the Ultraviolet light in you it has to make chemicals to protect itself from the Ultraviolet insult from the sun so it makes loads and loads of anti-oxidants so therefore these leaves can survive and in fact can thrive in the sunlight and we consume those anti-oxidants and we gain those benefits.

W: That makes more sense when you put the picture together in that way. Now, the fresh picked Olive leaf extract from Comvita I’m assuming they’ve found some way to put this on a jar and keep it behaving like fresh picked Olive leaf should.

E: Yeah, absolutely. And if you look at the bottle that it’s, in it’s very dark and it’s sealed and…that they processed it when it’s fresh. You’re a hundred percent correct on that so retained the nutrients. I wanted to bottle those nutrients to quite stable in there and the way that they keep it fresh is of course in a very air-tight darkened bottle and it’s a very, very important way to keep the powerful anti-oxidants fresh in there.

W: Stephen as always it’s been a pleasure having a chat with you. When it comes to these matters you’re a font of wisdom for us. Is there anything else about Olive leaf extract that people should know?

E: Yeah, absolutely. It is a very high anti-oxidant, it’s free radicals scavenging properties. So what this means is that can prevent you getting sick from a lot of other diseases and the literature shows that there is quite good benefits of taking anti-oxidants because oxidation is like rusting and nobody here wants to rust and a lot of diseases are associated with oxidation so taking good anti-oxidant levels will prevent a lot of those diseases.

W: I often feel like I’m rusting away I have to say.

E: Yeah, I’m in my late 40s and the run this morning is a bit chilly this morning up here in Queensland but it was great to get out there and go for a run and by keeping your good immune system we can do that kind of activities without getting sick.

W: So I remember the late 40s fondly in history and my run has now slowed to a moderately brisk walk.

E: Yeah, as they say the most dangerous exercise you can do is none at all.

W: Very true. Stephen it’s been a pleasure having you with us. Stephen is the Principal of Health Schools Australia and has joined us a few times on Health Professional Radio to talk about various things. If you just missed my conversation with Stephen Eddey, the good news is we have a transcript on Health Professional Radio website. We also have an audio archive of the interview on both SoundCloud and YouTube and so you can pop-in to our website and pick those up shortly. I’ll give you the address for that website in just a moment. Stephen thank you for joining us, I do appreciate your time. I know you’re a busy man.

E: Not a problem at all, it’s great to chat anytime.

W: And for our listeners who want those archived audio interviews or transcripts, head off to and you can find all those resources there. My name is Wayne Bucklar, thank you for listening to us on Health Professional Radio.

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