Category Archives: Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure

What are the effects of Supplements on the kidney? I am an African and 52 years old. I take omega 3 supplement and Reload 50+ every day.

Omega 3 oils are generally recognized as safe and should not have any effects on kidney function.  I am not familiar with “Reload 50+” supplements and have no experience with the supplement.  There have been no studies on the use … Continue reading

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My mother’s present creatinine level is 2.7. Can we use some Indian herbs for her kidney disease???

I have no knowledge of Indian herbs or supplements.  I am not aware of any studies that has examined the use of Indian herbs or supplements in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  

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2 recent blood tests show Creatinine 1.12mg, eGFR 49ml, BUN/Creatinine Ratio 9. Prior years test results were all within range. I am 73 years old and take Dr. recommended low dose Aspirin and self prescribed supplemental vitamins and herbs (500mg twice a day turmeric is the only supplemental change this year). No family history of kidney disease. I do have osteoporosis. I exercise 5days/week: Either by walking, running, weight training, pilates. I follow a low sodium diet and eat healthy. I do not smoke or drink alcohol. I am at a loss why the stage 3 CKD is happening. My BP is normal and no heart disease or diabetes or high CHOL. I do not know where to go from here.

I am unable to make any diagnosis based on the information that you present.  If this remains the case, then further testing with a kidney ultrasound may be helpful.  

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Is the diet plan “Golo” safe after transplant?

I am not familiar with the GOLO diet but I did review the fact that they recommend a dietary supplement as part of the diet regimen. This dietary supplement has never been tested in a scientific study with transplant patients … Continue reading

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I am 71 years old, one kidney (nephrectomy at 36 due to cancer), eGFR bounces between 26-34, Type II diabetic with A1C of 5.8. I have extremely painful leg cramps at night. Can I take magnesium to decrease the cramps without causing kidney damage?

Magnesium is a supplement that should be safe to take and often will relieve some common leg cramps. Magnesium does not cause kidney damage, but if you take too much magnesium, your legs and muscles can become very weak. I … Continue reading

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I have a 9mm stone lodged in my left ureter. Causing me to feel fatigued, nausea, pain in my flank, rash on my ribs, burning urination, and slight headaches. At times I feel a slight throbbing right under the ribs on my higher back. A) I am scheduled for a urologist appointment in 17 days… B) My health insurance coverage kicks in in 15 days… C) I was advised by a Chronic Kidney Stone patient to take up to 50k IU of Vitamin D3 to break the stones. Should I? Is there any validity to that? D) Should I run to the ER? Thanks.

I do not know of any information about vitamin D supplementation causing stones to break or dislodge. I would not recommend this. If you are vitamin D deficient, then vitamin D supplementation could be necessary to prevent future kidney stones, … Continue reading

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I have CKD stage 3 kidney function. I have had it for 7 years. My stage 3 kidney function is at 50 GFR. My question, is it okay to continue with a prostate supplement that I have taken for years? It contains saw palmetto berries extract, beta-sitosterol, and lycopene, zinc, and copper gluconate. That’s the only thing I have been taking over the years, nothing else. Could there be a relation between the supplement and my kidney disease? I heard that over the counter supplements were bad for kidneys. If so, please let me know. I want to improve my kidney function. I have been watching my diet for the past 6 years, and noticed no decrease in my GFR. My family doctor doesn’t seem to be worried about it, but he is not a kidney doctor. Thank you.

I am not aware of any problems related to the supplements Saw Palmetto or Beta-Sitosterol. The remaining supplements that you mention are common to many foods and should not pose a problem. If you are taking for extended periods of … Continue reading

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Hi, my father has a kidney problem. His blood creatinine level is 2.31 mg/dl, 24 hour urine is 1480 mg, 24 h GFR is 32 ml. We want to keep these values constant. What can we do? And he is using cholesterol reducing pills. We saw that his values increased after taking these pills. And lastly, is there an herbal or medical cure for renal failure? Thank You.

Kidney disease cannot be reversed by diet or herbal supplements. Once kidney disease is present, the goal is to prevent further damage to the kidney. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is generally not a reversible disease. I am unable to recommend … Continue reading

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Will forskolin for weight loss hurt my kidneys? My doctor says I’m in the early stage 3 kidney disease.

Forskolin is an herbal product that has been described as having a number of healing properties. I am unable to find any studies that have been done on patients with chronic kidney disease. If you have polycystic kidney disease, you … Continue reading

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What supplements or diets can help with CKD?

I do not recommend any particular supplements for my patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). I do recommend the DASH diet for my patients with Stage 1, 2, or 3 CKD. For Stage 4 and 5, I commonly use recommendations … Continue reading

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