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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Polycystic Kidney Disease and Parsley

2013-07-08 15:39

Polycystic Kidney Disease and ParsleyCan people with Polycystic Kidney Disease eat parsley? Because of some time-tested benefits, parsley has been used as herb and vegetable for more than 2000 years. Today, follow me to find out what parsley can bring for PKD patients.

1. Keep the immune system strong

People with Polycystic Kidney Disease commonly complain that they get sick easily, because their immune system is damaged by large kidney cysts. The vital vitamins in parsley, such as vitamin C, B12, K and A, can help boost patients’ immunity to fight against their illness.

Generally, PKD patients are recommended to eat between 3 and 15 cups of parsley one day, if they try to get enough vitamin C from parsley, because one cup serving of parsley contains about 133mg of vitamin C.

2. Control high blood pressure

Most of PKD patients have high blood pressure by age 20-30. In turn, high blood pressure can cause further kidney damage and accelerate the progression of PKD developing renal failure. It is reported that regular use of parsley is able to help control blood pressure, because the folic acid in this plant is a natural tonic for heart.

3. Boost kidney function

As more and more kidney cysts develop in both kidneys, they will replace kidney tissues gradually. Parsley is rich in an antioxidant arsenal, so this herb is usually considered as a natural antioxidant to protect kidney and liver function. In addition, parsley also helps kidneys to filter out more waste products and excess fluid from the body, thus maintaining a stable internal environment for PKD patients.

Even though parsley can bring so many benefits for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, it doesn’t mean all of these patients can consume this herb. The reason is that parsley is also high in potassium and phosphorus. When patients’ kidney function is damaged severely, excess potassium and phosphorus is more likely to deposit in the body. In this condition, patients are suggested to avoid parsley. In view of this, it is necessary to use parsley with the guidance of doctors online.

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