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Doctor insights on: Does Cranberry Juice Help Kidney Disease

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Is cranberry pomegranate juice is good for kidney disease?

Is cranberry pomegranate juice is good for kidney disease?

Fruit juice: There are no direct data to say yes or no. Cranberry extract does help recurrent UTI by reducing bacterial adhesion to ureter and bladder. Ponegranate can reduce renin angiotensin presence, and this can reduce BP a bit but can elevate potassium in blood. Both juices contain anti-oxidants, and anti-oxidants are beneficial for kidney disease. However, potassium retention is the larger concern. ...Read more

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Cranberry Juice (Definition)

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) has been used as both a food and a medicine for centuries. It is native to North America and was used by Native Americans to treat bladder and kidney diseases. Early settlers from England learned to use the berry both raw and cooked for many ailments, including appetite loss, stomach problems, blood disorders, and scurvy, caused by not getting enough vitamin C. Cranberry is best known for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs), commonly caused by bacteria known as Escherichia coli (E. coli). At first, scientists thought cranberry worked by making urine acidic enough to kill the bacteria. Now, studies show that cranberry actually prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. Strong scientific studies support using cranberry, either in capsules or as juice, for preventing -- though ...Read more


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Is cranberry juice safe for everyone even patients with kidney and liver disease?

Is cranberry juice safe for everyone even patients with kidney and liver disease?

Kidney stones...: Cranberry juice is high in salts called oxalates. When people drink a lot of cranberry juice, these salts can crystallize into hard urinary oxalate stones, especially in people who already tend to get these types of stones. ...Read more

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Is it true that cranberry juice has cleansing properties that clean out the kidneys?

Is it true that cranberry juice has cleansing properties that clean out the kidneys?

Not true: Cranberry juice contains substances called proanthocyanidins which are active in bladder to prevent bacterial adherence and thus a useful urinary infection (cystitis) preventative. No cleansing properties for the kidneys. Kidneys clean themselves as they filter water, wasteproducts, glucose & electrolytes, then reabsorb necessary water glucose & electrolytes. Cleaning out stones can be a problem. ...Read more

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Is cranberry juice with no sugar good for rebuilding your kidney what else is good for rebuilding your kidney?

Is cranberry juice with no sugar good for rebuilding your kidney what else is good for rebuilding your kidney?

Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice makes the urine more acidic which prevents the growth of bacteria in the urine. Staying off of alcohol, aspirin and ibuprofen and cigarettes and drinking lots of water will help your kidneys recover from toxic exposure. If you are worried about your kidneys, see your doctor . There are simple in office tests which can test the health of your kidneys. ...Read more

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Is cranberry juice still considered good for the kidneys? I find it distasteful.

No better than water: Recent sicientific studies done in a randomized fashion with placebo control showed no benefit from cranberry juice or pills in reducing the frequency of bladder infections. Do not feel bad about stopping it! ...Read more

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I was told that i can drink cranberry juice without sugar to clean out my kidney if so how much?

No need to use.: Water does the same thing. Cranberry juice doesn't clean out your kidney any better than any other juice. There is still some banter and common use of cranberry juice for preventing or treating uti, but evidence for this is weak. As best i can see there is no benefit to juicing and there is certainly no need to use kidney cleaner. ...Read more

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Can cranberry juice help cure kidney infections?

Can cranberry juice help cure kidney infections?

Real cranberries: Seems the real thing is better than the juice. For my female patients i recommend a dozen or so dry cranberries daily, in a salad, cereal or by themselves. Excellent source of antioxidants also. Good for early bladder symptoms, but a kidney infection is a truly serious deep seated infection that needs antibiotics asap. You are at risk for a blood infection if not treated properly. ...Read more

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Is it true that cranberry juice is good for the kidneys?

Is it true that cranberry juice is good for the kidneys?

Uncertain: Native Americans used Cranberries for bladder & renal conditions. Cranberries contain proanthyocyanidins (PACs) which can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's. They also have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti-carcinogenic effects. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Kidney Diseases (Definition)

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