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Olive oil polyphenols and oxidative stress

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The application

Proposed wording

Peptides IPP and VPP help to maintain normal blood pressure


The two peptides that are the subject of the claim are isoleucyl-prolyl-proline (IPP) and valyl-prolyl-proline (VPP) and are formed by fermentation of milk and can be measured using established methods.

Proposed wording

Polyphenols from olive have an antioxidant activity that may help maintain healthy LDL cholesterol level and lipid oxidation / antioxidants


Specific polyphenols within olive oil (hydroxyltyrosol) and their derivatives were identified as having the beneficial effect

Beneficial effect

The protection of LDL particles from oxidative damage.

Scientific substantiation

A number of different studies were included that did not include olive polyphenols and/or did not refer to protection of LDL particles from oxidative damage.

2 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in humans were provided that did not include valid measures of the effect (oxidation of LDL particles)

1 large RCT in 6 different countries was provided, which showed a dose-response relationship between the olive oil polyphenols and the health effect.

2 smaller scale RCTs  and 2 short-term studies were provided that also showed this effect

A mechanism was proposed by which olive oil polyphenols could have this effect (the incorporation of phenolic compounds from olive oil in LDL particles).


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