Do Pumpkin Benefit IgA Nephropathy Patients
Pumpkin has many benefits. But the question is if pumpkin fit into a diet for IgA Nephropathy. The following will give you the answer.
Pumpkin is a great source of beta-carotene and potassium. It is a good source of fiber and iron. One half cup of fresh boiled, mashed, pumpkin contains 25 calories, 1g protein, 5g carbonate, 0g fat, 1mg sodium, 37mg phosphorus, 280mg potassium and 1.3 g fiber.
Because potassium content is high, people on dialysis and other with high potassium levels or prescribed a low potassium diet should restrict pumpkin.
To reduce potassium level in fresh pumpkin, cut into small pieces and soak in a large pot of warm water to 2 hours or longer. One alternative way is to boil the small pumpkin pieces for 10 minutes, drain and add fresh water, then boil until cooked. Potassium can be reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 of the original content.
Besides, pumpkin seed kernels are not kidney-friendly. 2 tablespoons contain 228mg potassium and 332mg phosphorus. If roasted with salt, the sodium goes from 5mg up to 160mg.
Pumpkin is healthy for kidney patients in earlier stages who do not require a potassium restriction. Fresh or low sodium canned pumpkin puree is the best choice. For patients on a low potassium diet, pumpkin can be included in small amounts. For best results, you can stick to recipes modified for a kidney-friendly diet to keep potassium, phosphorus and sodium intake in check.
Except for dietary therapy, the key point is to take medical treatment to repair kidney damage and improve renal function. Here we recommend Chinese Medicine Treatment including Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Cupping Therapy, Steaming Therapy, Enema Therapy, Medical Soup, Moxibustion Therapy and Acupuncture, etc. They first cleanse your blood and then Chinese medicines enter kidney lesion directly to repair kidney damage and improve renal function. When renal function is improved, IgA Nephropathy patients can live a high quality life. About more information, you can leave a message below or consult our online doctor directly.
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