Note: Olivir (Olivir is TM of BioStar Nutriceuticals, Inc.) has been studied for its potential effects on health conditions, Olivir is a dietary supplement, not a drug. The statements made herein have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
There are selected extracts of the olive plant (olea europa) that have proven to have highly effective, non-toxic virucide and bactericide activity. One of these active components, Calcium Elanolate [(C11 H13 O6)2 Ca] has been shown to be extraordinarily virucidal and bactericidal for all the viruses and bacteria it has been tested on.
Olivir is a proprietary preparation made by extracting certain chemicals from a specific type of olive leaf using a hydroethanolic process. Cruder, yet similar preparations were used as far back as 1827 when ethanolic extracts were used to treat malaria. Reports of similar extracts also appear in the medical literature in 1854, and in 1906 it was reported that olive leaf extracts were far superior to quinine for the treatment of malarial infections. In 1957, the active ingredient, oleuropein, was isolated and studied as a treatment for high blood pressure and other types of heart disease. Starting in 1970 and continuing to the present, the hydrolyzed form of oleuropein (Calcium Elanolate), has been tested and found effective against dozens of different viruses and many strains of bacteria. What is amazing about all these experiments is that no toxicity or other side effects was reported!
Olivir demonstrates direct anti-viral and bactericidal activity when taken orally. Olivir kills viruses by interfering with certain amino acid production processes necessary for the virility of the specific virus. It also directly stimulates phagocytosis, which destroys the virus and bacteria cells.
Clinical data suggests that Olivir appears to interfere with viral infection and/or spread by directly inactivating the virus or by preventing the virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane. It has the ability to directly penetrate infected host cells and irreversibly inhibit viral replication. It even appears to be effective against latent or dormant viruses as well. One very positive aspect of Olivir is it acts at low concentrations and does not appear to influence host cell mechanisms. Clinical tests also confirm that Olivir does not cause mutagenicity of the virus.
With all the concern of the over use of antibiotics and the mutagenicity of virus and bacteria, Olivir may well be a safe and effective alternative.