5 Super Foods for Kidney Health

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Red Bell Peppers

These anti-oxidant veggies are rich in Vitamins  A, C, B6, folic acid and fiber.  They also contain Lycopene, a known cancer-preventitive.  Best raw, however, Lycopene, unlike other carotenes, does not diminish in effectiveness when cooked.  Great in salads, on skewers, as a snack or on sandwiches. 🙂



One of my favorite veggies, and perfect as a pest-control in the garden, I prefer garlic as a tea, but you can add it to just about anything in moderation!  Garlic helps prevent plaque, lowers cholesterol and reduces inflammation.

Buy it fresh, bottled, minced or powdered, and add it to meat, vegetable or salad dishes.



A handful of Cranberries a day can save you a lot of agony!  These tangy, tasty berries are known to protect against bladder infections by preventing bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. In a similar way, cranberries also protect the stomach from ulcer-causing bacteria and protect the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, promoting GI health. Cranberries have also been shown to protect against cancer and heart disease.



Even if you have advanced kidney disease, blueberries are one of the few fruits that you can eat without worry.   While blueberries may be relatively low in nutrients, they are very high in anti-oxidants, with 6,520 mcg of anti-oxidant compounds in a 100-g serving. By way of comparison, cooked broccoli has only 1,552 mcg in a 100-g serving. Anti-oxidant-rich foods don’t harm your kidneys. Rather, they help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.

olive oil

Olive Oil

One of my favorite super foods over all, Olives & Olive Oil are a great source of oleic acid, an anti-inflammatory fatty acid, and the monounsaturated fat in olive oil protects against oxidation. Olive oil is rich in ployphenols and antioxidant compounds that prevent inflammation and oxidation.

Studies show that populations that use large amounts of olive oil instead of other oils have lower rates of heart disease and cancer.

Buy virgin or extra virgin olive oil because they are higher in antioxidants. Use olive oil as a base in cooking, for dipping bread or for marinating veggies.

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