Well, it’s happened again. Scientists have stumbled onto another healing compound that’s been hiding out right under our noses this whole time.
In this case, it happens to be a kidney protector.
You won’t need a prescription to get your hands on it. Heck, you don’t even need to visit the drugstore to pick up a bottle.
Because it’s sitting on your local supermarket shelf at this very moment. In fact, chances are you have some of it in your own kitchen.
I’m talking about plain old extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). According to a new study, EVOO could turn out to be a powerful tool in the fight against one of our nation’s leading killers.
More than 47,000 Americans die from kidney disease every year. And yet, a bottle of oil you can pick up for a few bucks on your next shopping trip could offer powerful protection. EVOO could literally help shield your vulnerable kidneys from further damage.
I’ll have more on that study in just a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at how YOU could be at high risk for kidney disease and not even know it.
“Silent killer” is taking senior’s lives
Kidney disease is often called a “silent killer.” It sneaks up on folks because there typically aren’t any obvious symptoms in its early stages.
In fact, many folks have no idea they even have kidney issues until the disease is very far advanced. As a result, more lives are lost to kidney disease every year than breast or prostate cancer.
But the disease deserves its silent killer nickname for another reason too. It’s seldom talked about.
Unlike “disease darlings” such as breast cancer or heart disease, there’s no yearly media blitz warning people of the dangers of kidney disease. There are no huge fund-raising campaigns. And products with special kidney-disease awareness packaging don’t hit the shelves every year.
But the truth is kidney disease is a LEADING cause of death in the United States. In fact, 1 in 3 adults is at risk for the disease. And seniors are even MORE vulnerable.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, folks over 60 are more likely than not to have the disease. And diabetes and heart disease are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease.
So it’s easy to see why we ALL should be concerned about our OWN kidney health. And that’s where that olive oil study comes in.
Olive oil could help protect your kidneys
We already knew olive oil has heart benefits. (Click here to discover how much you need to reduce your heart risk by 18 percent.) But now, scientists say EVOO could be helping to protect your kidneys at the same time.
Researchers recruited 40 volunteers with kidney disease for the study. They were divided into two groups, and each was assigned one of two extra virgin olive oils. All participants took 40 mL (a little less than 3 tablespoons) of their assigned oil daily for 9 weeks, using it as a raw condiment for their food.
The first group of 20 volunteers received an EVOO which contained a high level of minor polar compounds (MPCs), which experts believe are vital to the oil’s health benefits. While the second group got an oil with a medium level of MPCs.
The researchers ran tests before the study started and then again at the end of the 9 weeks to see how the oil affected the participant’s renal function, body composition, oxidative stress levels, and inflammation. And then they ran them one last time two months AFTER the experiment was finished.
All the volunteer’s diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits were tracked by questionnaire to ensure no significant changes occurred during the study period. And the final results were, frankly, pretty incredible.
Kidney disease patients got big-time benefits
BOTH groups of kidney disease patients had significant improvements in…
- renal function biomarkers (such as albuminuria, azotemia, uric acid)
- lipid profiles
- oxidative stress levels
- inflammatory parameters (erythrocyte sedimentation, C-reactive protein)
- body composition
The effects were greater in the folks who received the high MPC EVOO. Plus, they lasted longer after the two-month washout period. The researchers concluded the oil appears to have protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in kidney disease patients.
You can drizzle delicious raw olive right on top of your favorite dishes, from salads to pizza. It will add an extra dash of flavor while delivering some serious kidney and heart-protecting benefits.
The high MPC EVOO used in the study was made from Mignolo olives from the Tuscan region of France. You can look for an oil that contains Mignolos if you like. But if you can’t find one, any good-quality extra virgin olive oil should bring plenty of benefits to the table too.