Team McCallum

R&D for Lifetime of Life

Pomegranate for kidneys.

The American Society of Nephrology (the study of kidneys) is meeting in Denver. Dr Batya Krystal of Western Galilee Hospital has reported on significant benefits of pomegranate juice for kidney dialysis patients, but the findings appear to have a more general benefit.

The team was interested in pomegranate juice because of its high anti-oxidative action, since kidney disease involves a lot of oxidative stress and inflammation.

Just over 100 patients on dialysis drank either a litre of pomegranate juice 3 times a week, or a placebo drink, while they were having their dialysis sessions.

A string of inflammation markers were measured and those on pomegranate juice showed significant improvements in all of these.  The rate of those needing hospital treatment for infection was cut by 40%. The rate of those needing a second such treatment in hospital was cut by 80%. Hospital visits for cardiovascular problems were also cut by 40%

The improvement due to pomegranate juice was cumulative over the year of the study.

Dr Kristal noted that pomegranate juice contains high levels of potassium and recommended that people with kidney problems who drank a lot of pomegranate juice should be monitored by a physician for potential potassium overload.

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November 22, 2010 - Posted by | CVD - cardiovascular disease, Pomegranate, Success

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