British Journal of Nutrition

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Antioxidant phytochemicals against type 2 diabetes

Aldona Dembinska-Kieca1 c1, Otto Mykkänena2, Beata Kiec-Wilka1 and Hannu Mykkänena2

a1 Department of Clinical Biochemistry, The Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum, Kopernika 15a, Kraków 31-501, Poland

a2 Department of Clinical Nutrition, Food and Health Research Centre, University of Kuopio, Kuopio FI-70211, Finland


Dietary phytochemicals, of which polyphenols form a considerable part, may affect the risk of obesity-associated chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. This article presents an overview on how phytochemicals, especially polyphenols in fruits, vegetables, berries, beverages and herbal medicines, may modify imbalanced lipid and glucose homeostasis thereby reducing the risk of the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes complications.


c1 Corresponding author: A. Dembinska-Kiec, phone +48 12 421 40 06, fax +48 12 421 40 73, email