Study Says Polyphenol In Extra Virgin Olive Oil Can Protect Kidneys From Diabetes-Related Damage

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Hydroxytyrosol In Extra Virgin Olive Oil Can Reduce Damage To Small Blood Vessels

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Hydroxytyrosol In Extra Virgin Olive Oil Can Benefit Kidneys

One of the key polyphenols (or antioxidants) found in extra virgin olive oil can help protect against kidney damage associated with type 1 diabetes, according to a new study.


  • Powerful antioxidant in extra virgin olive oil can protect kidneys from Diabetic related damage, new study shows.
  • Hydroxytyrosol in the best extra virgin olive oils can guard against damage to small blood vessels caused by long-term hyperglycemia.
  • Around 30% of type 1 and 40% of type 2 Diabetes patients develop chronic kidney disease.
  • DHPG, a minor phenolic compound found in extra virgin olive oil, exhibits antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.


New Study Shows Benefits Of Hydroxytyrosol In Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The study, from the Málaga Biomedical Research Institute and Nanomedicine Platform and the University of Málaga, examined the ability of Hydroxytyrosol, to guard against the damaging effects of long-term hyperglycemia on the small blood vessels throughout the body.

According to a study report in The Olive Oil Times, Hydroxytyrosol, a polyphenol and particularly potent antioxidant could provide a secret weapon against the damaging effects of Diabetes.

How Antioxidants In Extra Virgin Olive Oil Can Protect From Kidney Damage

The Olive Oil Times article explains:

This [blood vessel] damage frequently leads to diabetic nephropathy, the chronic loss of kidney function in sufferers of diabetes mellitus and the leading cause of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease worldwide.

Approximately 30 percent of type 1 diabetes patients and 40 percent of type 2 diabetes patients develop chronic kidney disease.

And it’s not just the presence of Hydroxytyrosol in extra virgin olive oil that can help prevent damage to the body.

The Olive Oil Times also reports that Extra virgin olive oil also contains 3,4‑dihydroxyphenylglycol (DHPG), posited to enhance the effects of other polyphenols when administered in conjunction.

While previous studies have shown its effects in hypoxia-reoxygenation experiments and on cardiovascular biomarkers, its potential to protect the kidneys from oxidative stress had not been explored.

DHPG, a minor phenolic compound found in extra virgin olive oil, exhibits antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

How To Manage Diabetes With A Healthy Diet Including Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Living with diabetes can be a challenge, but with a healthy diet, it can be manageable. Along with monitoring blood sugar levels and staying active, incorporating extra virgin olive oil into your meals can have significant benefits. Studies have shown that this oil can help reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity, which is crucial for managing diabetes.

It also contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. So why not give your meals an extra boost by adding some extra virgin olive oil? It’s a simple and tasty way to help manage diabetes and improve overall health. As explained by OOT;

Maintaining proper blood sugar levels through regular monitoring, insulin therapy, diet and exercise is the most effective current approach to delaying and lessening the impact of these conditions.

Given that oxidative stress is a fundamental contributor to the formation of kidney lesions in diabetes and that numerous compounds present in extra virgin olive oil are known to exhibit antioxidant effects, the team focused on extra virgin olive oil to mitigate this mechanism’s impact on kidney damage.

Oxidative stress, a common feature in uncontrolled diabetes, induces inflammation, increases glomerular (kidney filtering) volume, impairs glomerular function and elevates urinary protein excretion.

The team believes their “study shows promising evidence that the administration of DHPG to rodents with type 1 diabetes produces a nephroprotective effect.”

“This is probably due to the sum of its antioxidant, anti-nitrosative and prostacyclin-production regulating effects,” they added. “It is expected that the synergy of this product with other polyphenolic compounds will improve renal protection [against conditions] induced by diabetes mellitus.”

What Is Hydroxytyrosol And Why Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil Such A Great Source?

Hydroxytyrosol, a polyphenol found in extra virgin olive oil, has been found to have numerous health benefits, including the potential to protect kidneys from damage caused by diabetes. Diabetes, a chronic condition in which blood sugar levels are consistently too high, can lead to kidney damage over time. However, studies have shown that hydroxytyrosol can help prevent this damage by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in the kidneys. Incorporating extra virgin olive oil into your diet is an easy and delicious way to potentially protect your kidneys and improve your overall health.

Hydroxytyrosol has already shown potential in preventing cardiovascular and neural damage in diabetic rats.

What Other Polyphenols Are Found In Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil act as an antioxidant which means that these compounds minimize free radicals in the body. Antioxidants affect the human health in various way from improving body functions and digestion to skincare. Antioxidants can also fight off cell damage in the body, enhancing the body’s capability to fight off any diseases.

Polyphenols Rich Olive Oil Lowers Cholesterol

We are delighted to say the total polyphenol count in our latest harvest of Morocco Gold extra virgin olive oil is:

3,4 DHPEA-EDA 85 mg/kg
Hydroxytyrosol5 mg/kg
Lignanes26 mg/kg
Ligstroside aglycone (p, HPEA-EA)20 mg/kg
Oleuropein aglycone (3,4 DHPEA-EA)71 mg/kg
p, HPEA-EDA65 mg/kg
Tyrosol372 mg/kg
Polyphenols Total644 mg/kg
Polyphenol content in Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The following illustrates the range of chronic conditions where research into these polyphenols oil has demonstrated positive effects.

Health Benefits And Polyphenols
Health Benefits And Polyphenols