Category Archives: Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure

I have stage 3 kidney disease, can I safely take fish oil for inflammation?

Fish oils are generally safe for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  As with all supplements, you should check with your physician to make sure that these supplements do not interfere with other drugs that you are taking. For more … Continue reading

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Is it safe to use Essential Oils (Doterra) if you have chronic kidney disease? Are there specific essential oils that those with kidney disease should not use?

I have no information about the use of essential oils in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I am unaware of any benefits to the use of essential oils.  I suggest that you ask your physician about your present illness … Continue reading

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Hi, I am a Stage 4 kidney disease patient. My creatinine level is 219, my gfr is 22. My last blood tests showed by Hb level is 109, but they would rather hold back on treatment until it falls to 100. I am starting to feel fatigue and weakness. Would it be possible for me to take wheat grass juice? My potassium level is always in range.

I have no experience with wheat grass juice.  I am not aware of any study that has evaluated the use of wheat grass in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I suggest that you discuss this with your physician.  If … Continue reading

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Is it safe to take a Saffron supplement while I am on hemodialysis?

I am not aware of any studies that have examined the use of Saffron in a dialysis patient.  There is risk in any herbal supplement that you take that may interfere with other medications you are taking.  I advise against … Continue reading

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I am an insulin-dependent diabetic and have recently been diagnosed with stage 3. I used herbals for years. The specialist recommended stopping the herbals. I am on prescribed diuretics. I have been searching for multi vitamin – minerals without the herbals that those with kidney disease are supposed to avoid, but not successful. Do you have any suggestions? Also, I had been using berberine for blood sugar and this works for me. Is this another herbal I should discontinue?

I cannot give medical advice without performing a complete history and physical examination.  Use of herbal supplements have not been tested in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Your nephrologist likely does not know what effects those herbal medications may … Continue reading

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I have stage 3b kidney disease. I would like to take a vitamin C supplement. What is a safe daily supplemental dose.

Vitamin C should be safe for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) as long as you do not take high doses.  I usually recommend that patients take no more the 500 milligrams of Vitamin C per day.    

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I have donated a kidney. I’m now using a supplement Turmeric Curcumin 1000mg. Will this affect my only kidney?

I have no experience with the herbal supplement Tumeric Curcumin.  I do not believe it should have any effect on your remaining single kidney, but I have no special expertise with this particular supplement. For more information on Herbal supplements … Continue reading

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trying to find a vitamin regimen for stage 2 CKD and with protein of a small amount in urine.. currently taking 1 super vitamin B daily, magnesium with calcium and vitamin d seperate the b vitamin has everyhting I need but some of the miligrams are very high as compared to what I know is recommended any suggestions? gp dr. knows nothing about it.

A healthy diet is much better than taking vitamin supplements for your health. I suggest that you follow a DASH diet.  It is not necessary to take vitamin supplements if you follow a healthy diet.  To review the DASH diet … Continue reading

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My 16 year old son was born with one kidney. He was last scanned at 12 months at which time it was healthy and as expected. He was discharged. He has had no problems but I just wondered if he should have any checks to ensure it is still healthy throughout his life. Also he likes to keep fit and has asked me to get him protein supplements which I have refused so far without knowing if these would have any adverse affect on his kidney. Your advice would be appreciated.

I agree with you.  I would not encourage protein supplements in a young person with a single solitary kidney.  I typically encourage patients with a single kidney to eat less than 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight … Continue reading

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

I had an infected kidney removed in 2014 due to infection. I am not on any medication now and wish to keep the remaining kidney healthy. Can I use a detox program/drug to assist me in loosing weight? Also what natural herbs or supplements can I take?

I am not familiar with any detoxification program or any herbal agents that would assist you in weight loss or improve your remaining kidney function.  I suggest that you consult with your primary care physician (PCP) for evaluation and recommendations. … Continue reading

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