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Can Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Eat Blackberries


2013-09-21 14:12

Can Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Eat BlackberriesCan Chronic Kidney Disease Patients eat blackberries? Blackberry is one nourishing fruit seen commonly in European and American area, but people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) should be careful when consuming it. Next, let us find out who can eat and not eat blackberries.

People with Chronic Kidney Disease can eat blackberries

Generally, blackberries are considered to be a kidney-friendly food, because they contain rich vitamin and minerals. Among them, vitamin C is the most abundant, and it has a strong property of antioxidant, which can not only prevent infections but also improve kidney function to some extent. Besides, when kidneys are damaged, they may be unable to absorb enough vitamins. In this condition, blackberries are a good source of vitamin C, E, K, B1 and B2.

What’s more, blackberries can provide enough dietary fiber that is a good nutrient to improve patient’s appetite.

People with Chronic Kidney Disease can’t eat blackberries

Even though blackberries are rich in many nutrients, some of them are not suitable for a few kidney disease patients. Read on to find out whether you have the following conditions:

Diabetic: With the change of diet and lifestyle, the incidence of diabetes increases. Accordingly, chronic kidney disease due to diabetes occurs commonly. For these patients, well control of blood sugar is the key of the whole treatment. However, it is reported that blackberries contain 5.5-7.0% of sugar, so it is not available for diabetic.

High potassium or phosphorus level: When kidney disease develops to end stage, excess potassium and phosphorus will build up in the body gradually. Blackblerries is high in these two minerals that can make potassium and phosphorus level become higher.

Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura: This disease affects not only kidneys but also many other organs and systems. Intestines and stomach is also involved easily. In this case, patients have better avoid blackberries high in fiber.

Patients with some other conditions may also need to limit or avoid the intake of blackberries. In view of this, you had better consult the online doctor before eating it.


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