Three supplements for kidney disease
Over the course of my career, I have received many questions regarding the use of supplements for kidney disease. In order to maintain optimal health,people should be taking various supplements depending on their needs. Many people with kidney disease have a belief that vitamins, minerals and supplements are harmful to the kidney. This could not be further from the truth. Anyone with kidney disease, especially those with Stage III to V, and dialysis
will have a higher incidence of vitamin and mineral deficiencies2. Therefore, nutritional supplementation is essential in maintaining proper health,to prevent further complications, and maintain kidney function.
Nutritional supplementation helps to maintain healthy kidney function
The high rate of deficiencies is related to several reasons. There may be a decreased intake of nutrients from your diet, vitamins are lost during
dialysis treatment and some medications like the drug class statins (Lipitor, Atorvastatin, Crestor, etc) may deplete nutrients like CoQ10 or block their absorption1,2,6 Together with impaired production of vitamins during kidney disease, patients may require additional supplementation to meet their daily requirements2.Based on current research, here are three important supplements that I will consider using in kidney disease.
- Multivitamins: It has been shown that a properly dosed multivitamin helps every aspect of kidney disease. For kidney disease, a multivitaminshould be low in Vitamin A, (which has shown to be elevated in CKD), contain iron to help prevent anemia and have adequate amounts of all other nutrients especially B vitamins, zinc, vitamin C & E2.
Do you know that Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin?
- Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol): The “sunshine vitamin,” so named because it is synthesized in your skin from sun exposure and has shownto help every aspect of kidney disease. Vitamin D deficiency is found in about 79% of kidney disease patients. The two major forms are vitaminD2 or ergocalciferol (synthetic), and vitamin D3 or Cholecalciferol (natural). D2 is often given as a prescription medicine and studies show it benefits the kidneys, but the natural form D3 has shown additional benefits over D2. 2
- Probiotics: They are also known as beneficial “good” bacteria that are living organisms residing within the intestinal tract of humans and animals. In kidney disease, there is an imbalance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, which can cause inflammation and thus reducing the elimination of uremic (kidney) toxins.3,4 One probiotic brand called RenadylTM has been specially formulated and studied in human clinical trials and shown
to help maintain healthy kidney function using ‘enteric toxin reduction technology’.5
A good quality multivitamin, vitamin D3 and probiotics are excellent vitamins and nutritional supplements you can begin using to help with your kidney health.About Robert Galarowicz: Since early 2006, Robert Galarowicz has been teaching people on using a highly therapeutic kidney diet, and kidney safe supplementslike herbal remedies, probiotics to avoid dialysis and live a better quality of life. It started when he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD)at 22. This led to dialysis and since 2004, he has been living with a kidney transplant. Robert’s buring passion about kidney disease led to him becoming a nutritionist and naturopath. After spending years researching and studying about kidney disease, Robert used these discoveries personally and with hundreds of clients. The results were astounding and he created “The All Natural Kidney Health & Kidney Function Restoration Program.” For more information,
please visit: http://www.healkidneydisease.com
Editor’s note: Our guest blogger, Robert Galarowicz is back, examining a new study about the relationship between Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and musculoskeletal pain. Advice about controlling the levels of uric acid, phosphorus and calcium is provided.
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