Category Archives: Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Transplantation

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Polycystic Kidney Disease

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions

My GFR was 42-47 for a decade. It had dropped below normal due to lithium use. I stopped lithium and all NSAIDS, also severally restrict meat. I have Hashimoto’s and recently finished radiation treatments for breast cancer (stage 1 tumor removed). Question: In the past 18 months, I have gone from 42 to 32 on my GFR, creatinine rising as it drops. My Doctor says she doesn’t know why (bp stable). WOULD my beginning chitosan be harmful? Would it help, do you think?

I do not know of any kidney benefits or harms from using “Chitosan”. I am generally not in favor of supplements unless they have been specifically tested in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I am a 65 yr. old male with stage 3 renal disease. Other than that, I am relatively healthy. No blood pressure or cholesterol issues. I take uloric to control gout and a baby aspirin. Take a multivitamin, but that’s about it. Still work full time and love my job. My question is, I would like to take the supplement “Mdrive”. With my kidney failure, is it safe to take this or a supplement like this? Thank you for your help.

I have no experience with Mdrive. I did Google the web site and this appears to be a supplement for men. I am not familiar with the herbal supplements that are contained in this product. I am not aware of … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I have only one kidney, which is functioning near normal. Is it OK to take Magnesium supplements?

Magnesium supplementation should be safe with normal kidney function, however, you still need to check with your physician about making sure that the supplementation does not interfere with other medication or supplements that you may be taking. For additional information … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrectomy / One kidney