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Scand J Urol Nephrol. 2000 Jun;34(3):162-4.

Urinary phytate in calcium oxalate stone formers and healthy people--dietary effects on phytate excretion.

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Laboratory of Renal Lithiasis Research, University of Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.


The phytate urinary levels in a group of active calcium oxalate stone formers were studied and compared with those found in healthy people. Urinary phytate was significantly lower for stone formers. If deficit of the capacity to inhibit crystallization of calcium salts is considered an important factor related to calcium stone formation, the excretion of low phytate amounts could be an important risk factor in the development of this type of renal calculi. The influence of dietary phytate on urinary excretion was also studied. Clearly maintenance of a phytate-free diet significantly decreased the urinary excretion of phytate (about 50% after 36 h). This demonstrated the importance of dietary phytate in maintaining adequate urinary levels to permit effective crystallization inhibition of calcium salts and consequently preventing renal stone development.

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