Uses Olive leaf Extract is a natural antimicrobial that has been used for dietary support in controlling many viruses, fungi, bacteria, and even some parasites. This product is doctor-recommended. However, as the manufacturer, Seagate is not permitted by FDA to make specific medical claims for this product regarding its ability to kill off microorganisms that cause specific disease. The Source Seagate employees hand select our olive leaves from local trees immediately after the olives are harvested each winter. This is the moment of highest level of phytochemical and antioxidant activity once the fruit has ripened. Manufacture Seagate employs a cold-press freshwater extraction process, without the use of any chemicals, solvents, or alcohol. We use a mechanical process to crush the leaves, before they are placed in a freshwater bath where the phytochemicals are dissolved. Specially-designed vacuum tanks are then used to recover both dissolved and undissolved solids. This is a whole herb extract that carefully concentrates all the phytochemicals provided by Nature, without having any residual solvent appear in the finished product, and without altering the delicate structure and balance of the phytochemicals and nutritional components of the olive leaf. Oleuropein controversy The oleuropein contained in this Seagate product is just one element of the array of active phytochemicals found in the olive leaf which some companies have mistakenly used as their measure of potency. Seagate uses independent laboratories to test our finished product for quality and purity, as we do for all our other products. Side Effects Olive leaves have been used safely for thousands of years. The only known side-effect is the possibility of a Herxheimer reaction, an allergic response caused by the rapid die-off of germs that release toxins which may temporarily cause a brief allergic reaction, lasting for several days. Purity There is no filler or excipient in this or any Seagate product. It is 100% pure, derived only from olive leaves. That is why the product is green. Application Dietary support maybe needed to protect you against resistant strains of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Take 2 to 4 capsules per day as a maintenance level. Take 4 to 9 capsules per day for additional support, for up to 10 days. Olive leaf can be taken with or between meals; although it is preferable to be taken one half hour before meal time. For throat irritations, you can open a capsule, dissolve the powder in 4 oz. of warm water, and gargle and swallow to help sooth your throat. The powder from this capsule can also be applied topically directly onto external skin irritations a drop or two of water can be added to make a paste and gently rubbed into the skin. The skin will absorb the powder and its light green natural coloring. The color will wash off with soap and water. For irritations of the mouth or gums, pack some powder directly onto the irritated tissue and allow it to slowly dissolve. Value One Seagate 450 mg. capsule costs about the same as the 250 mg. capsules made by many of our competitors. We are able to provide better value because we do not purchase our raw material from other dealers. Seagate harvests and performs the entire extraction process in our own plant. Seagate is now able to realize cost economies from processing 13 health food products within the same plant.