My kidney patients are often concerned about specific vitamins and nutrients when it comes to their kidney diseases. They are apprehensive about the risks of including food items that are rich in certain nutrients.
In this article, I will explain whether Vitamin E, glutathione, and groundnut are good or bad for kidney disease and also the advantages and disadvantages of including these nutrients.
Is Vitamin E good or bad for kidney disease?
Vitamin E has some benefits for kidney patients and does not contribute to any kind of harm for a person suffering from kidney disease.
Benefits of consuming Vitamin E for kidney patients
Vitamin E is an important nutrient needed by the body for various functions. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it can be stored in the body, unlike all the B vitamins.
Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E also acts as an antioxidant in the body which means it contributes to strengthening of the immune system and overall playing a protective role by reducing damage caused by oxidative stress to the kidney cells.
A study indicates that vitamin E was able to reduce blood pressure in people suffering from kidney disease. Therefore, adding vitamin E to the diet of a kidney patient can be beneficial since many kidney patients often also suffer from high blood pressure.
Naturally rich sources of vitamin E include foods like avocado, olive oil, broccoli, mango, kiwi, etc.
It is important to note, even though these foods may be a good source of vitamin E, they may also be high in other minerals like potassium, sodium, or phosphorus which may not be suitable for all kidney patients especially for CKD patients.
Therefore, before including foods rich in Vitamin E, make sure to consult with your nephrologist.
Concerns while consuming Vitamin E for kidney patients
While vitamin E itself does not cause harm to people suffering from kidney disease, however, as I mentioned above, foods that are naturally a rich source of vitamin e might also contain other nutrients that may be unsuitable to your specific kidney disease.
Which is why it is important to get properly assessed by your nephrologist and get appropriate dietary recommendations according to your kidney disease.
Is glutathione good or bad for kidney disease?
Glutathione is undoubtedly beneficial for the kidneys with minimal downsides.
Benefits of consuming glutathione for kidney disease
Glutathione is an antioxidant that is responsible for protecting the cells in our body from free radicals and oxidative stress. A study has also shown that people suffering from dialysis have lower levels of glutathione in their blood, which puts the kidney cells at risk from oxidative damage.
Therefore, for people suffering from kidney disease, having a sufficient amount of glutathione is beneficial as it can play a protective role in preventing further damage to the cells of the kidneys caused by free radicals.
Consumption of glutathione is also linked with a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. For kidney patients who have high LDL levels and are at risk for cardiovascular illness, consumption of glutathione is an ideal choice.
Glutathione can be found in foods like asparagus, orange, spinach, tomato, broccoli, etc.
Concerns while consuming glutathione for kidney disease
Glutathione is generally safe for kidney patients however, similar to vitamin E, the source of glutathione has to be considered carefully since the food items that contain glutathione might contain nutrients that may not be suitable for certain kidney patients.
Is groundnut good or bad for kidney disease?
Groundnut has certain nutrients which can be helpful for kidney patients. However, they may need to be moderated in some cases.
Benefits of eating groundnut for kidney patients
Groundnut is a good source of dietary fats which is essential for the body. Groundnuts also contain a specific polyphenol known as resveratrol which has shown to be helpful for CKD patients in preventing further damage to the kidney cells.
The resveratrol present in groundnuts may prompt antioxidant and anti-inflammatory response in the body which can be beneficial for kidney patients.
Concerns while eating groundnut for kidney patients
While groundnuts can be helpful for kidney patients because of the presence of resveratrol, groundnuts are also rich in potassium. 100 gms of groundnuts contain 705 mg of potassium.
Therefore, CKD patients that need to monitor their potassium intake might have to carefully manage their groundnut intake after consulting with their respective doctor.
Vitamin E and Glutathione play a major role in the body as they help the cells in protecting against cellular damage. For people suffering from kidney disease, it is vital to consume a sufficient amount of Vitamin E and glutathione.
However, the source of Vitamin E and glutathione also needs to carefully considered, since some kidney patients may need to limit the intake of certain nutrients to avoid causing further damage to their kidneys.
Groundnuts contain an important nutrient known as resveratrol, which is also found in red wine, that plays a protective role in the body.
But groundnuts may not be beneficial for all kidney patients as they are also rich in potassium. Therefore, it is important to speak to your nephrologist or renal dietitian before including groundnuts in your kidney diet.