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Many people cringe at the word "Supplement" - but they can address specific areas where you need assistance and help your body out.  Your dietician and physicians should discuss supplements (Iron, Fiber, Vitamin D, Vitamin B, CoQ10, etc.) with you and if supplements may help slow down your kidney disease and possibly improve your kidney function.  Never self prescribe supplements - always consult with your health care team first!  Below are the supplements I currently have in my cabinet.

ProRenal+D with Omega-3 Fish Oil

I take 2 tablets a day for general kidney health.

  • Daily Kidney Multivitamin with Vitamin D, B Vitamins, and other vitamins recommended for all stages of kidney disease, including those on dialysis and post-transplant.

  • Nephrologist Recommended and Formulated

  • Supports and Addresses Nutrient Deficiencies Common in Kidney Patients

  • Available with EPA/DHA Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Recommended by Davita, National Kidney Foundation, Fresenius Medical Care, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen for kidney disease patients.

  • Use discount code "Dadvice" to save 20% and get free shipping directly from the manufacturer.  Call 1-877-277-6765 or email info@nephroceuticals.com to order with the discount code.

  • International Shipping is available through TransExpressRegister for a Free Miami Florida address on TransExpress, then have your ProRenal+D order shipped to your TransExpress address.  TransExpress will then re-ship your order to your international address.

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Nature Made Super B-Complex Tablets with Vitamin C and Folic Acid

 

I take 1 tablet every day to keep my RBC & Hemoglobins up and prevent Anemia.

  • Helps make new cells; maintains nerve cells

  • Works with folate to make red blood cells.

  • Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron; manufacture collagen, form and repair red blood cells, bones and other tissues.

High Potency Vitamin D3 (50,000iu/125mcg)

 

I take 1 tablet every other week to keep my Vitamin D levels up.

  • Chronic kidney disease patients are often deficient in vitamin D, which helps maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus and helps promote calcium absorption, important for strong bones.

  • Promotes hair growth and helps you grow thicker hair.

  • When I was first diagnosed with CKD I needed 100,000iu a week for the first 6 weeks to get my blood work within the standard range.

Digestive Advantage Prebiotic Plus Capsules

 

I take 1 tablet daily in the morning with breakfast to help my digestive system.

  • A once daily probiotic that supports overall digestive and immune health with continued use

  • Combined with prebiotic fiber that works naturally with probiotics and supports the growth of healthy bacteria

  • Helps reduce minor abdominal discomfort and occasional bloating

  • Uses BC30, a unique patented probiotic that survives stomach acid 100x better than leading probiotics and yogurts

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Benefiber Healthy Shape Fiber Powder

 

I add this to every meal to increase my fiber intake.  It dissolves completely within seconds, doesn't change the taste or texture of food and gives me extra fiber.  Adequate fiber in the kidney diet can be beneficial to people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) because it:

  • Keeps GI (gastrointestinal) function healthy.

  • Adds bulk to stool to prevent constipation

  • Helps increase water in stool for easier bowel movements.

  • 5g Fiber, 20 mg Potassium, 0g sugar, 0g sodium, 30 calories per tablespoon

Chitosan 500mg plus Chromium Fiber Supplements

 

I take 3 tablets daily in the afternoon with lunch and never with medication.

  • Helps with high cholesterol, anemia, fatigue, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping

  • The feeling of physical strength, the appetite and the sleep of CKD patients in a 1997 treatment group had improved significantly after 12 weeks of ingestion, compared with those of patients in the control group.

  • Helps maintain normal serum phosphate levels in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients.

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Sodium Bicarbonate 650mg

 

I take 1 tablet as needed for an upset stomach and to maintain GFR and reduce acidic levels of blood.

  • Sodium bicarbonate naturally buffers retained acids in the body. Some clinicians believe that by increasing bicarbonate levels and enhancing the buffering effect, metabolic acidosis will decrease, along with many of its associated problems.

  • It is common for Nephrologist to prescribe 3 tables daily at pre-dialysis GFR <20

  • Be careful, each tablet contains 178mg of sodium.  You must account for this sodium in your daily intake.

  • Sodium Bicarbonate is also commonly known as "Baking Soda" as is much easier to take in the pill form.  It is not recommended to take this with food since it can interfere with the stomach's acid when breaking down food.

Kirkland CoQ10 300mg softgels

 

I take 1 tablet daily in the morning with breakfast to reduce Cholesterol and Creatine in addition to helping my heart health and blood pressure.

  • Helps Maintain healthy blood pressure

  • Promotes energy production

  • CoQ10 supplementation significantly improved metabolic profile in patients with CKD by reducing total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, MDA and creatinine levels, yet it did not affect fasting glucose, insulin, HOMA-IR, and CRP concentrations. (2018)

  • 81% Positive Response to CoQ10 treatment for Chronic Kidney Failure (Singh RB, et al. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of coenzyme CoQ10 in patients with end-stage renal failure. J Nutr Environ Med 2003;13:13-22.)

  • Fortifies the body’s natural antioxidant capacity and reduces levels of oxygen free radicals, indicating its important defense against CKD. As it happens, CoQ10 has been used experimentally to control hypertension and kidney disease in laboratory animals since the early 1970s.

Melatonin 10mg

 

I take 1 tablet at night as needed to help sleep.  Not to be taken every night.

  • Supports rest and relaxation to aid with occasional sleeplessness

  • Nutritionally supports sound sleep

  • No artificial ingredients or potassium (be careful of other brands - most contain potassium)

Organic Roasted Dandelion Root Herbal Leaf Tea

I used this as needed to help lower potassium, reduce fluid (swelling) and lower blood pressure at GFR 20 and lower.

  • Counts towards your daily water intake, but only drink 1 serving per day.

  • Caffeine Free.

  • Loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals.  It does contain some potassium - this brand has the lowest from what I have found.  Available locally at most Walmarts.

  • This is a diuretic that helps flush fluid from your body.  Always check with your doctor before taking any diuretics.  Can LOWER GFR if blood pressure goes too low.

Supplements for the Kidneys