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Can Eating Fermented Foods Improve Kidney Function

2014-09-18 08:02

Can Eating Fermented Foods Improve Kidney FunctionIn the daily, fermented foods are very common to see. Because they contain many essential nutrients for body, more and more people begin to add fermented foods into their diet. Can eating fermented foods improve kidney function? Many kidney patients can not asking such a question.

Now let’s first have a look at what are fermented foods.

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. After fermentation, the foods are digestible easily and many useful substances will be created, such as enzymes, b-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.

There are many kinds of fermented foods.

-Alcoholic beverage, such as liquor, yellow wine, fruit wine, beer.

-Dairy product, such as yogurt, ripened butter, kumiss, cheese.

-Been product, such as sufu, fermented soya beans, natto.

-Fermented vegetables, such as pickles, pickled Chinese cabbage.

-Condiments, such as vinegar, salted and fermented soya paste, soy sauce, sweetening agent, odorant, aginomoto.

Health benefits of fermented foods

-Yeast in the fermented foods is a very strong antioxidant, which can protect liver and help its detoxification.

-The minerals in the yeast such as selenium and chromium can prevent arteriosclerosis so as to reduce the risk of heart disease, the complication of kidney disease. They can also strengthen immunity to help you fight against disease.

-The phytic acids in the flour can be broken down after fermentation, which can improve the body’s absorption and utilization to the nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium and iron.

-The fermented foods are also beneficial for people with diabetes.

-They helps increases the vitamin content.


Kidney patients should pay attention to some fermented foods such as fermented vegetables and condiments, because they contain a lot of sodium, which can retain water and raise blood pressure. Besides, too much intake of certain fermented foods, such as yogurt may increase the workload of kidneys to remove urea and some other wastes.

From the above, we can see that not all ferment foods are good for kidney patients and at the same time you should know the RDI to acquire the health benefits. Before you add it into your diet, you had better consult your doctor.

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