Category Archives: Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure

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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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

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Dear sir, can Melatonin tab be given to kidney patient Stage 5? 77 years old, not on dialysis, suffering from sleep deprivation. Your reply will be appreciated.

Yes, melatonin is safe for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and also patients on dialysis. This is a natural hormone made by the body to facilitate sleep. However, I would always suggest that you make the patient’s physician aware … Continue reading

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

In 2011, I wound up in the hospital with ESRD. I am diabetic. My kidneys came back to stage 3 ckd. Now I retain water as I loose that water my kidney function goes down. My gfr was 43 than went down to 38 now it is at 32. If I loose more water it will be lower. I was wondering what foods I should avoid & which ones I can eat at this time?

You should follow a low salt diabetic diet. I recommend that you limit your sodium intake to less than 2300 milligrams per day. I am a strong proponent of the DASH diet. You can review the DASH diet at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/dash-eating-planContinue reading

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

OK, first I am on dialysis and have been for the last 10 years. My question is how does smoking weed cause infection and what if you are eating the edibles or the CBD oil? All 3 help with pain, nausea and every thing else I am dealing with. But to get back on the transplant list in my area, I have to quit smoking weed.

The decision to require you to stop smoking marijuana is a decision made by your local transplant center. There is no nationwide transplant guidelines that prohibit giving a kidney transplant to someone who smokes marijuana. Some transplant centers do not … Continue reading

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

I had a kidney transplant 6 yrs ago. I am 74 and would like to drink Nettle Leaf Tea. Do you believe it can have an adverse effect? My creatinine level is 1.5.

I have no experience with Nettle Leaf Tea. Many herbal products can change the way in which your transplant medications work, so I would be very reluctant to recommend any herbal teas in my transplant patients.

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

Hello Doc, Good day! I was diagnosed that I had a kidney stone and galbladder stone and was undergone a major surgery last 2011. When they run some test, they found out that I have high serum calcium. I’ve been taking medicine for 6 years now as a maintenance. I would like to ask doctor, is it okay if I am going to take glutathione even if I am taking some medicine? Does glutathione affect my urine and serum calcium or my kidney? I asked my urologist but he said it is better not to take glutathione to avoid the risk. My maintenance are Ural that contains sodium bicarbonate- 1760mg Sodium citrate-630mg Citric acid-720mg Tartaric acid-890mg Prescription 3x a day before meal Hydrochlorothiazide 25mg Prescription 3 tablets a week (MWF).

I am unaware of any studies that have tested the use of glutathione with other medication or in patients with kidney stone disease.  No such studies have been done to my knowledge.  While glutathione is generally recognized as safe in … Continue reading

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Is a magnesium supplement harmful to my 20 year-old transplanted kidney? I take Omeprazole daily which depletes magnesium. I get bad cramps and twitching/burning in my toes and sleep badly.

If your kidney transplant is working normally, a magnesium supplement should not be harmful.  It is true that proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) such as Omeprazole can result in the kidney wasting magnesium and supplementation may be needed.  I would suggest … Continue reading

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