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A 59-year-old female asked:

I have one good kidney, will have other removed, does not function. would amino acids supplement be safe to take? i dont want to harm my good kidney.

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Amino acid Supps: As a person's kidney function diminishes, the dietary restrictions needed to compensate are increased. One of the more difficult dietary changes to master is protein requirements, so I would discuss with your kidney specialist before taking these supplements. Best wishes.
Dr. Robert Varady
Specializes in Family Medicine
Why supplements?: Basic amino acids are in your diet, and shouldn't pose a challenge to you kidney, but why take anything that could potentially harm your kidney? Too much of a good thing is too much. You need to be careful to avoid things that are nephrotoxic, that includes medicine too
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Would not take: You can get all you need by eating a good balanced diet.

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