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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.

Can Patient with Polycystic Kidney Disease Eat Cranberry

2013-03-17 09:22

Can Patient with Polycystic Kidney Disease Eat Cranberry  Cranberry, native to North America, has been used as both food and medicine. Can patient with Polycystic Kidney Disease eat cranberry? Too patients with PKD are eager to know the answer, because they pretty love the good taste of cranberry. Today, we are here to give these patients a satisfying answer.

Whether patients can consume some certain food is decided by the nutrition in the food. Here, we can first get an overall understanding about cranberry and then consider the question “can patient with Polycystic Kidney Disease eat cranberry”.

Cranberry is a source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vitamin A, etc. These nutritions determine cranberry has the following benefits:

1. Protect kidney function: Once some of kidney cysts are too big, they will oppress their surrounding tissues and damage kidney function. Therefore, protecting kidney function is vital to the whole treatment. Researches of Turkey revealed vitamin C can help improve kidney function and lower high creatinine level. Cranberry contains rich vitamin C, so it can increase the kidney filtering rate and improve patients’ kidney function.

2. Prevent urinary tract infections: When one kidney cyst ruptures, the sac fluid spreads to other organs and easily causes urinary tract infections. Cranberry or cranberry juice is able to prevent urinary tract infections especially for the female.

3. Avoid kidney stones: Kidney stone is a common symptom of Polycystic Kidney Disease. If the patient doesn’t prevent it early, kidney stone may cause back or side pain. High acid components in cranberry indeed have a big effect of keeping kidney stones from forming.

In addition, cranberry also has many other benefits. Now, I believe most of us have known the answer of “can patient with Polycystic Kidney Disease eat cranberry”. However, the above content doesn’t mean the more cranberry these patients consume, the better their healthy condition. Correct amount of cranberry is also very important, but it changes for different people. Tell the experts online your question, so they can give you some suggestions.

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