Many of the validated benefits of the Mediterranean diet derive from heart-healthy compounds contained in the olive fruit, including the polyphenols tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol. When it comes to olive's power to support blood pressure already within a healthy range, research shows the bioactive compound oleuropein is primarily responsible. The problem is that optimal amounts of oleuropein are not found in the fruit. The highest concentrations of oleuropein are contained in the olive leaf - a part of the plant that is neither readily available nor commonly consumed. Oleuropein normally degrades during standard food processing. For this reason, Life Extension introduces Olive Leaf Vascular Support. Olive Leaf Vascular Support consists of a patented, standardized oleuropein extract using a unique, gentle-processing technique. Researchers using 1,000 mg per day of this formulation in a double-blind, controlled clinical trial documented an average 11.5-point (mmHg) decline in systolic readings and 4.8-point drop in diastolic readings in just eight weeks. The suggested daily serving of two 500 mg vegetarian capsules of Olive Leaf Vascular Support supplies optimal concentrations of this proprietary, highly stable oleuropein, for maximum benefit.