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Can Beets In The Can Lower BUN Level

2014-11-27 16:39

Can Beets In The Can Lower BUN LevelBlood urea nitrogen (BUN) measures the amount of urea nitrogen, a waste product of protein metabolism in the blood. A BUN test is done to see how well your kidneys are working. If your kidneys are not able to remove urea from the blood normally, your BUN level rises. A diet high in protein also can make your BUN level higher. Can beets in the can lower BUN level?

Generally speaking, beets lower BUN level due to its high carbohydrate which can improve the discharge of uric acid, so the blood urea nitrogen can be discharged along with uric acid. Thus, beets help lower high blood urea nitrogen level.

Apart from decreasing BUN level, beets also have the following health benefits for kidney disease patients:

1. Lower high blood pressure

High blood pressure is one leading factor of kidney disease and the disease itself can also lead to some medical conditions. It is important for kidney disease patients to control blood pressure. Drinking beet juice helps to lower blood pressure naturally.

2. Relieve constipation

Constipation is also a complication of kidney disease. One way to alleviate this problem is to eat some food with rich fiber. The cellulose content in beets helps ease bowel movements. Drinking beet regularly help relieve chronic constipation.

3. Anemia

The high level of iron in beets regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper in beets is good for making the iron more available for the body. As for kidney disease patients with anemia, they are recommended to eat beets or drink beet juice so that anemia symptoms like fatigue, weakness, dizziness and headache can all be eased.

Beets have the above benefits for kidney disease patients, but it does not mean all patients can eat beets freely. What’s more, beets in the can are usually high in sodium, so patients should be very cautious and even cut back on canned beets.

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