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Can People with CKD Eat Cranberries

2012-10-15 16:59

Infection is commonly seen in kidney disease and it is a major risk in accelerating renal function decline. Some studies show that cranberries are effective in preventing infections and slow down CKD progression.

Urinary tract infections generally start with bacteria(germs). The bacteria can make its way to into the urinary tract system and cause infection. Recurring urinary tract infections can cause discomforts and do more damage to kidneys. Taking the simple step of drinking cranberry juice may help another urinary tract infection.

Cranberry juice helps prevent urinary tract infection is by making urine more acidic. Because bacteria grow best in alkaline environments, the acid helps keep bacteria from thriving. On the other hand, cranberries can prevent bacteria from attaching to the wall of the bladder. This means that infection cann’t stick around inside your body. In addition, some researches reveal that cranberry juice can help the patients with CKD fight other ailments as well including flu and gastric ulcer. For these benefits, the patients with CKD are recommended to drink cranberry juice.

Besides cranberries, other super foods for kidney health mainly include:

* Cabbage

Crunchy cabbage is filled with the phytochemical, chemical compounds. Phytochemical can break apart free radicals. Meanwhile, cabbage is rich in vitamins K and C, high in fiber and a good source of vitamin B6 and folic acid, yet it is low in potassium. Therefore, it is a kind of kidney-friendly diet.

* Cauliflower

Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, folate and fiber. Additionally, some compounds in it can help neutralize toxic substances to reduce burden on kidneys.

* Blueberries

Blueberries contain antioxidant and are also high in nutrition along with rich vitamin C and fiber. These compounds are effective in reducing inflammation. In addition, they also contain manganese, which contributes to healthy bones.

* Cherries

Cherries are filled with antioxidants and phytochemical that protect your heart. They can reduce inflammation when eaten daily.

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