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Are Carrots Good For Your Kidneys?

Time:  2014-01-14 03:06

Are Carrots Good For Your Kidneys?A renal patients is a patient who is under the care of a doctor for a kidney problem. For the patient, a doctor will most likely require a strict renal diet and a healthy diet for their kidneys. Some researches show that carrots are kidney friendly food. Is it right and are carrots good for kidneys?

Generally speaking, carrots are good for kidney disease patients. And now we will explain it in detail.

1. Carrots contain Beta-Carotene which are beneficial to kidneys.

Beta-carotene, the water-soluble form of vitamin A in carrots, is able to help the kidneys filter toxins out of your blood and prevent urinary tract infections. Besides, an animal study published in November 2012 issue of the “Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis” found that Beta-carotene could reduce inflammation and help repair damage to kidney-filtering strictures which are known as tubules. Researchers pointed out that beta-carotene worked at the genetic level to inhibit two different genes that promote inflammation in the kidneys.

2. The effects of carrot pectin

There is rich pectin in carrot. Pectin is a form of soluble fiber which is responsible for the jams, jellies and preserves. Studies showed that pectin was a more effective as a diuretic which can increase urine production. For this, it can alleviate the symptom of edema in kidney disease. What is more, pectin also can reduce levels of creatinine, an indicator used to measure kidney function. When creatinine is elevated, it may indicate kidney damage and stress on kidneys. It is said that pectin shows potential as a natural therapy option for treatment of chronic kidney failure

Apart from the above benefits to kidney disease patients, carrots also contain substances which can lower blood sugar level, lower blood cholesterol, lower high blood pressure and strengthen heart functions, so it is a good choice for patients with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems. We know hypertension and diabetes are two leading causes of kidney disease, so well control of blood pressure and blood sugar can reduce further damages on kidneys.

Kidney disease patients can eat carrots, but it does not mean all patients can eat carrots. For patients with high potassium or high phosphate level, they should not eat too many carrots. The right amount of carrot should be asked for your doctor or you can consult our online doctor directly.

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