The best way to kick off your kidney protection plan

Miracle nutrients are main players in blocking this ‘death sentence’ disease

One of the biggest things I’ve learned from watching hundreds of football games is this: You can’t beat the other team if your attack, mid-field and defence aren’t working together.

And the same holds true for fighting disease. You need a strong strategy coming from both angles.

Unfortunately, many of my colleagues in conventional medicine focus almost exclusively on defending you against the onslaught of ailments that come with age.

Fortunately, the conventional medical establishment is recognising more and more that one of the main root causes of almost any major disease is excessive oxidation.

As one researcher from Spain put it in 2012, “There is solid experimental evidence of a key role of oxidative stress and its interrelation with inflammation on renal damage.”1

But according to a new study, you can combat it with antioxidants.

As it turns out, antioxidants can even slow the progression of a disease that’s normally considered a “death sentence”, like kidney disease.

The organs that get the short end of the stick

These two bean-shaped organs in the middle of your back are so incredibly critical to your daily life and well-being, but not many people pay a lot of attention to them.

At least, not until it’s too late.

In fact, a kidney specialist would probably tell you that you only have to come in for your annual visits just so he can determine when you’re going to start dialysis.

He can’t stop the damage — so he’s just waiting for your kidneys to fail.

It is kind of paradoxical because without dialysis, you’ll die… but with dialysis, your life expectancy will be cut short.

That’s why your doctor will try to delay dialysis as long as possible.

This “neglect” of the kidneys happens, of course, because there are no prescription medications out there to treat kidney disease. In fact, there aren’t many supplements made directly for the kidney, either!

And what’s more, no prescription medications fight oxidation…so, Big Pharma can’t sink its teeth into this realm. It all has to be done with over-the-counter remedies. And there’s no money to be made there.

Don’t expect an overnight miracle

Before I read this new study, I would’ve told you that studies are rarely done on kidneys.

But actually, this new research isn’t new at all. In fact, these newly-published findings were part of a retrospective study — and that means the data was already out there.

Now, a group of Italian doctors have finally spent the time to review all of the old data on treatments for kidney disease in diabetics, and they’ve pooled the data together to illustrate what could help.2

In those previous studies, many different antioxidants were used, including:

  • vitamins A, C, and E
  • selenium
  • zinc
  • methionine, and
  • CoQ10

Some of the studies looked at more than one of these at one time. For instance, a 2005 study found that treatment with both vitamins C and E can improve renal dysfunction, lessen renal injury, and decrease arterial pressure in rats that were bred to be sensitive to salt.3

Maybe these studies didn’t make such a splash when they were initially done because the supplements weren’t — and aren’t — instantaneous miracles. The antioxidants were taken over long periods of time, and any progress would be shown over a long period of time as well.

This makes sense, of course, when you consider that oxidation is a constant onslaught of damage that occurs inside the body… SLOWLY.

But one of the interesting findings from one of the studies from 2012 that didn’t get a lot of attention at the time was that antioxidants seem to help the patients who need it the most: those on dialysis.4

If these BASIC antioxidants showed enough success… and few to no side effects — to be published in peer-reviewed journals, then imagine if researchers were to combine some of the newer, more powerful ones that we know about now!

Obviously, more research is needed to find out. And, as always, I’ll keep you up to speed on the latest developments.

Tackle oxidation & reach your optimum kidney goal

Any doctor — conventional or integrative — will tell you that the main thing to do for your kidneys is line up your defences as much as possible.

In order to protect your kidneys, you should:

  • Limit the amount of NSAIDs (like ibuprofen and naproxen) that you take for chronic pain.
  • Keep your blood pressure within normal limits because the high pressures in the arteries “wear down” these vulnerable organs.
  • Limit the amount of CT scans and MRI’s that you have done… or, more specifically, limit the use of intravenous contrast dye used on these tests and ask for them to be done without “dye,” if possible.
  • Keep blood sugar as optimal as possible, since having elevated blood sugars or full-blown diabetes is a sure-fire way to damage your kidneys.
  • Stay hydrated.

And what’s more, diabetics are so prone to kidney damage and disease that most conventional doctors will force them on a blood pressure medication (ACE inhibitors or Angiotensin Receptor Blockers) to protect their kidneys from the elevated sugars. These drugs are really the only line of defence that diabetics have against the extreme oxidative stress of elevated sugars.

Sure, oxidation is an inevitable part of the aging process. But why would anyone with even the slightest hint of kidney disease NOT take an antioxidant?

It’s the best offensive strategy there is!

Antioxidants won’t just target your kidneys the way that prescription medications notoriously treat just one issue at a time.

Because if oxidation is damaging the kidneys, then it also must be damaging ALL of the major essential organs.

And antioxidants can also help the rest of your body, too.

Your antioxidant players of the year

The foods with the highest antioxidant potential are:5

  • goji berries
  • dark chocolate
  • wild blueberries
  • pecans, and
  • cranberries

The herbs with the highest antioxidant scores are:6

  • cloves
  • cinnamon
  • oregano
  • curcumin
  • cumin, and even…
  • cocoa!
Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

Full references and citations for this article are available in the downloadable PDF version of the monthly Nutrition and Healing issue in which this article appears.

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