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10 healthy foods for people with kidney disease

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1. Cabbage

Cabbage contains lots of phytochemicals. These phytochemicals break free radicals before they can cause damage to your body. They also protect you against cancer and improve your cardiovascular health. It is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, folic acid and fibre. It is also low in potassium. It is a good food that can be added to any kidney diet.

2. Cauliflower

It contains higher amount of vitamin C, folate and fibre. It contains indoles, glucosinolates and thiocyanates in good amount. These are the compounds that help your liver by neutralizing toxic substances, which otherwise could damage DNA and cell membranes.

3. Apples

Apples help you by reducing cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart diseases and cancer and preventing constipation. It contains high amounts of fibre and anti-inflammatory compounds. It is a good addition to a kidney patient’s diet.

4. Onions

It contains sulfur compounds because of which it gets the pungent smell. It is also rich in flavonoids such as quercetin, which walk as powerful antioxidants thereby helping to avoid heart diseases and cancer problems. They contain low amounts of potassium and high amounts of chromium. Chromium is important because it helps you in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism.

5. Garlic

Garlic is beneficial for you because it prevents plaque formation on the teeth. It also reduces cholesterol levels and inflammation.

6. Egg whites

Egg whites offers you pure protein. It is the highest quality protein available. It offers essential amino acids your body. It is a good food for your kidney diet is because it offers protein with less phosphorus in comparison to other protein sources.

7. Fish

When you need high-quality protein, you can also eat fish. It also offers anti-inflammatory fats known as omega 3s. This is a healthy fat which helps you to avoid problems like heart diseases and cancer it also reduces low-density lipoprotein and increases high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol. The doctor recommended dose of fish is two times a week. You should choose tuna, mackerel, herring, trout and salmon.

8. Olive oil

Oleic acid is present in olive oil. This acid is an anti-inflammatory fatty acid. It helps you by protecting your body against oxidation. It also contains high amounts of polyphenols and antioxidants which help you by preventing oxidation and inflammation. People who use more olive oil in place of other oils are less likely to have heart disease and cancer.

9. Berries

Different types of berries are good for people who are suffering from kidney disease. Cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cherries are good for you if you have such disease. They offer sodium, potassium and phosphorus which are beneficial for your body.

Cranberries protect you against bladder infections by not allowing the bacteria to stick to the bladder wall. They also protect your stomach from ulcer causing bacteria. They improve gastrointestinal (GI) health by protecting the lining of the GI tract. It is also beneficial because it protects you against cancer and heart disease.

Blueberries contain high amounts of antioxidant phytonutrients known as anthocyanidins. They are very good in reducing inflammation. It also offers good amount of vitamins C and manganese. This compounds keep your bones healthy. It counters bone breakdown caused by low amount of estrogen in the body.

Raspberries contains ellagic acid which helps your body by neutralizing free radicals and thereby reducing cell damage. Flavonoids known as anthocyanins are also available in them, which act as antioxidants.

10. Red grapes

Red grapes are good for people suffering from kidney disease because it offers flavonoids that protect from heart disease by prevention of oxidation and blood clotting.

 

References

  1. Kidney diet secrets
  2. Chronic kidney disease diet
  3. CKD and nutrition