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Health Benefits of Almond Milk for People with Kidney Disease

2012-12-19 13:36

Health Benefits of Almond Milk for People with Kidney DiseaseIf you are diagnosed with kidney disease, you will be recommended to restrict the consumption of milk strictly. Regular milk is loaded in potassium, phosphorus and calcium. When kidneys fail to work normally, some of those nutrients become out of balance. Almond milk is replacement product of milk and it has the following health benefits for people with kidney disease.

Kidney friendly diet

Proteinuria is a common symptom of Kidney Disease. If you lose protein in urine, your doctor will suggest you to limit the protein intake. Almond milk is low in protein, providing only 1 to 2 g per cup. Additionally, almond milk is low in both potassium and phosphorus than regular or soy milk. Individuals with kidney disease must restrict their intake of these minerals.

High in calcium

Almond milk is rich in calcium. One cup offers approximately 300 mg. In kidney disease, the failed kidneys fail to remove phosphorus from body. High blood phosphorus can lower calcium level in blood, thus resulting in bone problems, thus leading to bone problems. The rich calcium in almond milk can help build bone and make bones stronger. Additionally, it also helps regulate blood pressure and is necessary for muscle contraction.

Rich in vitamin

Almond milk is nutrient-fortified and high in vitamin A and E. These vitamins can act as antioxidants and can enhance immunity, reduce damage to kidney tissues and cells. Also vitamin D in almond milk can help correct vitamin D metabolic disorder and make bones stronger for people with kidney disease.

Although the patients with kidney disease have to give up drinking regular milk as it is loaded in potassium and phosphorus, they can choose other substitutes for it, such as the mentioned almond milk, rice mild and nondairy creamer.

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