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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.

Omega 3 Supplements and Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-07-26 09:18

Omega 3 Supplements and Polycystic Kidney DiseaseOmega 3 supplements have been taken as good for decrease the growth of cyst in Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). What’s are the effects of this supplements for PKD? What are the diet sources of omega 3 supplements.

Effects of omega 3 for Polycystic Kidney Disease

Some research suggests that the anti-inflammatory activity of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may translate into clinical effects. For patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease, they are diagnosed with multiple renal cysts. Those cysts will grow with age and become harmful when they are more than 3cm. As a result. Patients are likely to have flank pain, back pain or abdominal pain, high blood pressure and urinary tract infection. When the cyst gets infected, it will cause various inflammations.

Some research suggests that the anti-inflammatory activity of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may translate into clinical effects.

Food resources

Fish oil is always honored as one best food that is rich in omega 3. Besides, fish oil is also beneficial to treat arthritis, gout or thrombus, all of which are common complications of Polycystic Kidney Disease. This effect of fish oil is due to its rich omega-3, one unsaturated fatty-acid, wich can help not only prevent or treat the above disorders but also correct abnormal blood circulation.

As for the progression of PKD, blood stasis is one big risk, so keeping a normal blood circulation is very necessary to prevent PKD from aggravating to renal failure.

Except for fish oil, good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include:

- Ground flaxseed

- Oils (like flaxseed oil, linseed oil, canola oil, walnut oil, wheat germ oil and soybean oil)

- Green leafy vegetables (like lettuce, broccoli, kale, spinach and purslane)

- Legumes (like mungo, kidney, navy, pinto, lima beans, peas and split peas)

- Citrus fruits, melons, cherries

Even though omega 3 is good for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients, they cannot simply depend on it. Proper treatment is vey important for slowing the progression of PKD.

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