Strawberries are tiny, delicious superfoods packed with numerous health benefits, especially for patients with kidney problems. Strawberries are also a sodium-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food with high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols.
It is the perfect fruit to incorporate into the renal diet, especially during summer! But since patients with kidney diseases need to maintain a specific level of nutrients in their body, it is recommended to consult the doctor or renal dietician regarding the suitable portion size.
Strawberries are a versatile ingredient that works well with breakfast cereals or pancakes, salads, smoothies, or in a berrylicious pie! Listed below are three benefits of strawberries for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Strawberries are good for improving kidney functioning due to the presence of two types of phenols: anthocyanins and ellagitannins. They also contain a high amount of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties and prevent further kidney damage.
Strawberries are considered a low to medium source of potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and is quite beneficial to the heart.
Regulating blood pressure is vital for patients with kidney diseases, as high blood pressure will cause the narrowing of the renal arteries and veins. Thereby reducing the blood flow to the kidneys and affecting their functionality. Additionally, potassium also acts as a buffer against the negative effects of sodium on the kidneys.
Excess blood sugar in the blood for kidney patients puts more pressure on the kidneys and leads to further damage to the kidneys’ functionality in the long term.
Strawberries are rich in fiber content which helps keep the blood sugar level stable by avoiding extreme highs and lows. Fiber also improves satiety, thereby reducing the urge to snack between meals. This contributes to better glucose management and helps reduce blood sugar spikes.
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