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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 Cranberry Juice Help Treat Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-05-25 08:52

Can Cranberry Juice Help Treat Polycystic Kidney DiseaseMost of us know cranberry juice as a staple at the holidays, but in fact, cranberry is a superfood that we can enjoy all year around, so can people with Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Due to enlarged kidney cysts or cyst rupture, PKD patients are more likely to have urinary tract infections. If uncontrolled effectively, infections may spread to other organs and cause severer complications.

Cranberry juice is considered as a natural remedy to block urinary tract infections. The reason is that it contains proanthocyanidins, which help to prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of uterus and bladder. It is proven that one glass of cranberry juice is all you need to prevent and heal urinary tract infections.

Kidney stone is another complaint of some PKD patients. If kidney stones move through your urinary tract, it may cause painful and difficult urination, blood in urine and kidney damage. Among PKD complications, kidney stone is a big risk of patients’ overall health.

Studies show that cranberries contain quinic acid that can prevent the combination of calcium and phosphate ions to form insoluble stones. Thereby, drinking cranberry juice is good to fight against kidney stones.

Besides, cranberry juice also contains many other benefits such as prevent heart disease, prompt weight loss, anti-aging properties, improve mental health, boost immune system, etc, all of which are beneficial to improve PKD patients’ condition. Of course, many other foods like lemon juice also have the above benefits.

However good these fruits are, they are not enough to treat PKD, because the biggest life-threatening problem, large kidney cyst, is still there. If you want to slow down the progression of your condition developing kidney failure, an effective treatment without side effects should be sought.

For more detailed information about diets and treatments for Polycystic Kidney Disease, welcome to consult the online doctors.

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