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Almond Butter for Dialysis Patient

2014-12-02 10:56

Almond Butter for Dialysis PatientDialysis is required for patients who develops into End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Is almond butter OK for dialysis patient? The answer lies in the following article. Any other questions, please email to us at

Almond butter for dialysis patients

In a word, almond butter has both benefits and side effects when taken too much. You should consult your dietitian or nephrologist for right amount you can take. Remember, moderation is the key of taking any food.

Benefits of almond butter

● Decrease high cholesterol. Almond butter contains much monounsaturated fats which help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, thus preventing heart problems which is a common complication in dialysis and can cause death.

● Reduce high blood pressure. Minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium can decrease the pressure.

● Control high blood sugar level. High blood sugar can also cause kidney damage. Almond butter can be taken for controlling your blood glucose levels.

● Antioxidant

Antioxidants such as vitamin E and flavonoids can fight against free radicals that do cellular damage to your body. Almond butter contains antioxidants which can stop further kidney damage.


Even though almond butter has so many benefits, you should take it with much caution, due to its high phosphorous level.

Dialysis patients’ kidneys have been very severely damaged, so they cannot regulate electrolyte balance. As a result, excessive phosphorous can build up in the blood, leading to some problems. Common symptoms of high serum phosphorous level might include: weakness, muscle cramps, itchy skin, and intestinal disorders.

The normal serum level of potassium is 3.5 to 5 mEq/L. If you blood test show a high potassium level, you’d better avoid almond butter.

To sum up

Diet indeed plays an important role during the process of dialysis. However, neither diet nor dialysis can help you treat kidney disease from the root. Medicines or therapies should aim at repairing damaged renal tissues so as to enhance kidney function. For that purpose, you can get free suggestions by emailing to us or leaving a message below.

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