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Nutritional Support for Healthy Kidney Function

by Dr. Jason Barker May 07, 2019

Nutritional Support for Healthy Kidney Function


Kidney disease is on the rise in the U.S. - diabetes and excess use of over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs are the main reasons.  Kidney disease is considered ‘silent’ because kidney function can decline without any apparent symptoms until quite a bit of kidney function is lost.

Therefore, it’s especially important to protect your kidneys, especially if you’ve been hard on them taking a lot (or even moderate amounts) of NSAIDs over the years.  And, as mentioned diabetes takes its toll on the kidneys as well - elevated blood sugar starts to affect the smaller blood vessels (and the kidneys are full of them) sooner in the game.

Best Uses for Kidney formula: 

  • Beginning stages of kidney disease

  • After a bad urinary tract infection that’s gone up to the kidneys

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Protection for the kidneys after NSAID use

 

Here’s How Kidney formula Works

Mountain Peak Nutritionals Kidney Formula

Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate is the activated form of vitamin B6.  It’s included because of it’s anti-advanced glycation end-product (AGEs) activity. What are AGEs? These are metabolic byproducts of excess sugar/poor sugar metabolism that essentially ‘gum up’ the intricate workings of the cells.  

A lot of research highlights the use of B6 in combating the formation of these compounds (which are one of the main causes of kidney dysfunction), along with the formation of advanced lipoxidation end products (ALEs) that have a similar deleterious effect on kidney function. 

Magnesium Citrate has been shown to limit the calcification of the vasculature in the kidneys; studies show that people with higher blood levels of magnesium have improved survival rates in chronic kidney disease. 

Acetyl l-Carnitine is included in this formula because carnitine deficiency is an established cause of kidney disease.  People who have kidney disease may have developed it in part because of their inability to make enough of this compound in their bodies, naturally.

Pipsissawa (Chimaphila umbellate) is a botanical medicine known for its urinary antiseptic qualities. It also serves to tonify the kidneys and has been used historically for kidney issues.

Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis) is an herbal medicine known for its ability to protect and nourish mucus membranes.  In the urinary tract, it helps stimulate urine flow, helps heal damaged tissues and limits the spread of infection.

Cordyceps Sinensis is a naturally derived plant extract that has shown promise at reducing kidney damage from a variety of medications that are known to be toxic to the kidneys (such as cyclosporine and aminoglycoside antibiotics). Cordyceps also improves several aspects of kidney function (lowers serum creatinine, reduces proteinuria, increases creatinine clearance) and also lowers other kidney disease complications in the bloodstream (limits increases in hemoglobin and serum albumin).

Parsley has been used historically to stimulate kidney function by increasing kidney blood flow and glomerular filtration rate (overall kidney function)

Panax Ginseng Root is helpful at reducing issues surrounding diabetes, such as lowering tissue insulin resistance and how certain genes are expressed in type 2 diabetes.  It’s also a powerful adaptogenic herb and is included in this formula to protect the kidneys and improve diabetic factors that further degrade the kidney function.

Rehmannia glutinosa (root) is a Chinese herb used in kidney issues.  According to Chinese medicine principles, it balances yin and yang as a cooling herb that nourish and tonifies the kidney yin. Additionally it is said to tonify the blood. In studies, it’s can limit the progression of kidney failure in chronic disease.

Goldenrod (Solidago) is another kidney-specific botanical medicine with diuretic, anti-spasm and anti-inflammatory effects in the kidneys. It helps the kidneys excrete water, without losing precious electrolytes as well.

Uva Ursi (Bearberry) works as an herbal direct as well.

Milk Thistle (Silymarin) is best known for its effects on the liver, however several of its constituents have beneficial effects on kidney function as well.

Dandelion (Taraxcum officinale) is a well known diuretic and anti-inflammatory botanical medicine that supports kidney function; it also rich in minerals that are important to kidney function. 

 

Kidney formula was made specifically to support anyone with kidney issues ranging from abuse from too much ibuprofen, chronic kidney disease and even someone who’s struggled with kidney infections from time to time.  Kidney disease is especially insidious and symptoms won’t show until a lot of kidney function has been lost - kidney formula works to help keep the kidneys as healthy as possible.

Dr. Jason Barker
Dr. Jason Barker


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