While there are those who believe that HIV does not pose the threat that it did a few decades back, the fact is that this condition is still around and affecting a wide range of people. Studies conducted by UNAIDS indicates that there were 37.9 million people across the world living with HIV as of 2018, with some of them progressed to AIDS. Of that number, 1.7 million children under the age of 15 have been diagnosed with HIV. Their studies also indicate that new cases of HIV arise each year, with the current average being 1/7 million.
Treatments for HIV have developed in recent years. What’s not always known is that the use of supplements like olive leaf extract can be used in tandem with those medical treatments. The result is fewer complications for people with the condition and a greater chance of enjoying excellent health. Here are some of the facts that you should know about HIV and how olive leaf extract can make a difference.
What Is HIV?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a condition that attacks the CD4 cells, known popularly as T cells. The result of that attack is the gradual weakening of the body’s immune system. As the immune system becomes weaker, the body is not capable of fighting off diseases or infections.
Unlike some other viruses, there is no cure for HIV. Once the virus is contracted, there is no way to get rid of it. The good news is that managing HIV is possible. With the right approach to health and fitness, it’s possible to slow and possibly prevent additional damage to the immune system. This in turn helps the body continue fighting off a number of other infections and diseases.
How Is HIV Contracted?
Most people associate HIV with unprotected sexual activity with a person who already has the virus. What is sometimes misunderstood is that it’s possible to contract HIV by coming into direct contact with any type of body fluids that are subsequently introduced into the bloodstream. Blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal fluids and even breast milk are the most common means of contracting the virus.
This means that it’s possible to be exposed to HIV in ways other than sexual activity. Infected blood that seeps into a cut on the skin is an example. Sharing needles is another possible way of contracting HIV. Nursing children may contract HIV from infected mothers.
Not everyone is aware that the virus can only live outside the body for a short time. As contact with air, light and an arid climate begins to dry out and break down the exposed fluid, the virus itself is rendered unable to replicate. While not touching body fluids without some sort of protection is always recommended, the virus itself is rendered ineffective within a few hours of the fluid being outside the body.
Is HIV the Same as AIDS?
There is a myth that HIV and AIDS are the same condition. That’s not true. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome does result from a weakened immune system and is directly related to the damage done by HIV. What is often overlooked is that not every person with HIV will eventually develop AIDS. Assuming the damage to the T cells can be halted, a person with HIV can remain healthy for decades.
What Are Some of the Symptoms of HIV?
Most of the outward symptoms of HIV occur within weeks after contracting the virus. Symptoms associated with the common cold or the flu are likely to develop. Those include fevers, chills, aching joints, a sore throat and increased fatigue. Once those symptoms go away, the virus may not produce any more obvious symptoms until significant damage is done to the immune system.
How Does Olive Leaf Extract Help HIV Patients?
The oleuropein found in olive leaves could do quite a bit to help patients who are living with HIV. There are two specific ways that this compound can help. Fortunately, using olive leaf extract is not known to interfere with any of the medications currently used to help control HIV.
The first benefit has to do with the antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties found in oleuropein. These properties do quite a bit to shore up the function of the immune system in general. From this perspective, the compound inhibits the impact of T cells that are already infected.
The second benefit focuses on inhibiting the damaged T cells from spreading the virus to more cells. In order to spread, the protective layer around each cell must burst. There is research indicating that oleuropein can prevent the infected T cells from bursting. This helps to contain the virus and reduce the risk of progressing from HIV to AIDS.
What Sort of Effect Does Olive Leaf Extract Have on Energy?
Anything that helps to support immune system function has an impact on energy levels. Since HIV may cause fatigue in the early stages and will certainly lead to physical and mental fatigue if the condition continues to progress, taking olive leaf extract to protect your immune system makes sense.
As outlined in “The Olive Leaf: Unequalled Immune Support for Health and Longevity” by Life Extension, preventing the infection of more T cells while also supporting immune system function will make a difference in how you feel. Taking olive leaf extract, along with a proper diet, regular exercise, and following the advice of your doctor, increases the odds of remaining healthy for many years to come.
What OLE Nutritional Product Is Best for HIV Patients?
In order to enjoy the greatest benefits from taking olive leaf extract, it’s important to choose a product designed to deliver the highest dosage of oleuropein. Opting for the use of d-Lenolate is a sound choice. This particular process is designed to prevent the alteration of the chemical composition of the leaves during the extraction process. That allows you to obtain more of the compound and thus experience more benefits.
The bottom line is that the use of olive leaf extract can help a person with HIV to maintain a reasonable level of health by supporting immune system function and minimizing the risk of developing AIDS. As with any type of nutritional supplement, discuss adding olive leaf extract to your regimen. This one change in the way you control your HIV could help you enjoy a longer and happier life.
Geoff Melcher is the Vice President at East Park Research in Las Vegas, NV. East Park Research has studied the healing properties of the olive leaf, resulting in the development of a unique olive leaf extract formulation – d-Lenolate.