OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT DEBATE NEEDS BIGGER PICTURE VIEW
3 May 2016
The industry body representing this country’s natural products sector is calling for perspective and reason in relation to recent media reports about a consumer who claimed she suffered adverse effects caused by overdosing on products containing olive leaf extract.
Phil Rasmussen from Natural Products NZ says there have been many unestablished and inconclusive statements made in the news media and the New Zealand Medical Journal and he cautions against jumping to uninformed conclusions about what actually caused the woman’s reaction.
“The truth is that nobody knows for sure what actually caused it. Even if it could be pinpointed conclusively to the new product that she took, it contained several ingredients so it would be impossible to isolate the problem without further investigation.”