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5 foods that benefit the kidneys

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  1. Cherries- Cherries help to reduce redness and swelling and contain a healthy amount of vitamin C as well as vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and citrate.  Citrate reduces uric acid in the blood stream which can lead to gout and arthritis.  Eating cherries assists in lowering uric acid levels and  lowers the risk of gout attacks
  2. Cranberries- Cranberries also offer high levels of vitamin C and manganese. Recent research has found that pure cranberry juice  diluted in water reduced urinary levels of oxalate and phosphate which reduce the formation of kidney stones.
  3. Cinnamon- Cinnamon is known for its ability to help regulate glucose levels. This can help the body manage glucose better and offer protection from blood sugar disorders. Excess glucose that results from diabetes can cause damage to the kidneys. Another study confirmed that cinnamon can be used as a supplement without concern for increased oxalate risk.
  4. Kidney Beans –  Kidney beans are known for as an effective home remedy for kidney stones. In ancient times, the pods served as medicinal tonic. To reduce kidney stone pain, remove the beans from the pods and in a slow cooker, boil the pods in purified water for 6 hours. Once finished, strain the liquid and let it cool before drinking. Drink throughout the day.
  5. Onions and garlic – Both onions and garlic contain quercitin. Quercitin is a powerful flavonoid associated with antioxidant benefits and potency against redness and irritation. Research has found that quercitin helps provide protection against kidney damage for smokers. For non-smokers, the bonus protection provided by quercitin combined with improved fat metabolism helps protect the body’s filters
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