Category Archives: Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure

I am 72 yrs of age. Over the past 2 years, my eGFR ranged from 57 – 65, no protein in urine, normal ACR and BUN. Is it true that we lose 50% of our kidneys by age 60? For my age, male Chinese, medium frame, not muscular, what should be the expected eGFR range? My renal doctor has diagnosed me as stage 3A. She keeps BP to 120/80. There is no medicine. I don’t see any benefits in consulting the doctor. By the way, I read some new medicines like canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin, may be helpful to slow progression. Also, I was recommended to take supplements eg DTS (made from ginseng) and lingzhi mushroom, to support renal functions. Do you have any comments?

The natural loss of kidney function that occurs with age is a loss of about 1% per year (on average) beginning at around age 40. Hence, I would expect your kidney function to be somewhere in the range of 65 … Continue reading

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I read that herbal supplements should be avoided. What about herbal teas with turmeric, ginger, or ginseng?

I’m not sure in what context you are referring. In patients who have had a kidney transplant, I am very concerned about taking any new herbals or addition of new dietary habits that can change the way that the immunosuppressive … Continue reading

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My 81 year old father has low functioning kidneys. He watches the levels as he suffered from renal failure as a child. But fully recovered and now is careful to monitor his kidney function. What vitamins would be most helpful for him to take? I read on here to stay away from Vit. A, K, & E. I have access to Nutrilite vitamins and supplements but want to be sure not to harm him. Thank you for any advice you have. Sincerely.

I have no experience with “Nutrilite” vitamins or supplements. It is my understanding that these products are available through Amway. For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), I commonly approve of any general over-the-counter multivitamin that is not listed as … Continue reading

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What supplements should be avoided with CKD? Thanks.

I am not sure there is a complete list of supplements that should be avoided in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The supplements most commonly used by patients with CKD are calcium with vitamin D and Vitamin D. It … Continue reading

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Are there any herbal or vitamin supplements or teas that you can recommend to lower Creatinine? What, if anything, can cause a reduction in the Creatinine level, since it seems to be inversely proportional to eGFR?

The goal for treatment of kidney disease is not to lower the serum creatinine. The goal is to prevent further damage to the kidney. There are no medications that would be beneficial to the kidney and lower the serum creatinine. … Continue reading

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I am at stage 3A CKD, and I am a vegan deficient in Omega 3. I have normal potassium and phosphorous levels. I subsidize my diet each day with one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal. Do you know if this would have a negative consequence on my kidney health? Thanks.

I am not aware of any information that flaxseed meal has any ill effects on kidneys. Flaxseed meal can be beneficial for bowel regularity and has benefits of Omega 3 oils.

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Does taking a creatine supplement increase creatinine levels? And is taking creatine harmful to kidneys if you have some diminished function? Thanks for all your help.

Creatine is a supplement that has been used to increase muscle mass. It has been shown that creatine does increase the serum creatinine but it likely does not decrease kidney function. It does make the monitoring of kidney disease more … Continue reading

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Is Albutrix beneficial for CKD stage 3a?

Albutrix (keto acid analog) has been studied in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) along with a very low protein diet. There have been mixed results with these studies. I, personally, do not recommend these for my patients. I have … Continue reading

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Hi Sir, I have been under treatment for IgA nephropathy for the last 19 years. I am currently 38 years old. My creatinine level is 1.9. I’m currently taking losartan potassium 12.5mg 0-0-1, Omega3 2-2-2, iron tablet 0-1-0, 20mg uric acid tablet 0-0-1, ketoadd 1-1-1. Recently my nephrologist has asked me to try out a capsule called Renadyl instead of ketoadd and said it has provided benefits for one of her patients. I want to get your advice on this tablet. As far as I can understand it is probiotics, but expensive. Please can you provide your opinion on Renadyl tablets?

I have no experience with “Renedryl”. I generally do not recommend supplements for my patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Most of these supplements are not harmful to patients with CKD but I am not convinced that these supplements are … Continue reading

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I was diagnosed March 2020 with CKD stage 3. Complete surprise. No risk factors other than age (was 66) and never drinking water, loving salt over sugar, not avoiding NSAIDs. Now trying to get half my body weight (110) in oz, avoiding NSAIDs. My question is about supplements – are any to be avoided? Added? Thank you in advance.

I do not advocate most supplements for my patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). I do recommend that patients with CKD take a calcium supplement with Vitamin D. I generally advocate for taking about 600 to 1000 milligrams of calcium … Continue reading

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