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Is Fish Oil Good for People with IgA Nephropathy


2013-12-21 11:07

Is Fish Oil Good for People with IgA NephropathyIt is widely acknowledged that fish oil is beneficial for people. But is it good for people with IgA Nephropathy, who have many diet restriction? Now let’s see some health benefits of fish oil. It seems that the benefits of fish oil come from the omega-3 fatty acids.

Health benefits of fish oil

1. Enhance immune system

Omega-3 fatty acids plays an important role in supporting the function of white blood cells, key cells in your immune system, which can protect you from various diseases.

2. Reduce inflammation

IgA Nephropathy is a kidney disease caused by IgA depositing on kidneys. To eliminate IgA, inflammation response occurs. Omega-3 fatty acids can lower inflammation in the kidneys. It does that by lowering the production of various inflammatory mediators, such as cytokines, and even nitric oxide, which in excess can damage the kidneys.

3. Lower blood pressure

High blood pressure is a symptom of IgA Nephropathy. Fish oil has the function of lowering blood pressure.

4. Lower cholesterol

High cholesterol will increase your risk of heart attack or stroke, which may worsen your illness.

What is more, some studies suggest that it lowers excessive protein excretion through kidneys.

How to get fish oil?

Fish oil can be obtained from eating fish or by taking supplements. Fish that contains such beneficial oil includes mackerel, tuna, salmon, sturgeon, mullet, bluefish, anchovy, sardines, herring, trout, and menhaden. While fish oil supplements do not only contain fish oil, but also contain small amounts of vitamins. You can choose whatever you like.

From the above, we can see that fish oil provide long term benefit for kidney patients. And more and more nephrologists are suggesting that their patients begin a fish oil regimen. But how much fish oil you can eat should depend on your remaining kidney function. Improper use of fish oil will cause side effects, such as bleeding, easy bruising, etc.

If you are not sure the dosage, please consult your doctor or contact our online doctor. They will give you the reasonable suggestion according to your physical condition.



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