Friday, November 28, 2008

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are one of the most painful afflictions of the urinary system.

Main causes of kidney stones is a low liquid intake, and sufficient daily water consumption may lower the risk of kidney stones.

High levels of sodium and protein, specifically animal protein, and curiously enough cranberry concentrate tablets may increase the risk of kidney stones due to the oxalate content, a common component of kidney stones.

Evening Primrose Oil :-

Evening primrose oil is often associated with calming eczema and other skin irritations, and for helping women suffering from period pains and menopausal symptoms. It is also helpful to kidney stone sufferers, since it reduces the amount of calcium present in urine.

Aloe :-

Aloe gel (from the Aloe Vera plant) is very high in both citrate and tartrate, which means it is highly recommended at preventing kidney stone formation.

Potassium Citrate :-

The effects of potassium citrate on kidney stones and discovered that taken over a period of time, it can significantly reduce their formation.

Pumpkin Seeds :-

Pumpkin seeds are a great natural source of carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They also contain Vitamin C, D, E, and K, plus nearly all of the B vitamins.

It is due to their phosphorus content however that they are highly recommended to people with bladder problems, and therefore those suffering from kidney stones.

Vitamin B6 :-

Taken in relatively small quantities, Vitamin B6 has great therapeutic value for kidney stone sufferers. For women in particular, it can significantly reduce the risk of forming kidney stones.

Rose Hip :-

Rose hip is very high in Vitamin C, E and K and is commonly taken to help prevent infections, particularly the common cold and flu. Rose hips can also be used as a preventative to kidney stones.

Magnesium :-

Magnesium has an interesting effect on calcium oxalate crystals – otherwise known as kidney stones - in that it decreases both their growth and initial formation. This means magnesium is highly recommended as a preventative for those suffering from kidney stones and also to help reduce the risk of a re-occurrence.

Glycosaminoglycans :-

Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) have been demonstrated in tests to regulate the growth of crystals in the intestine.

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