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How to Improve Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) Naturally

2013-03-11 11:02

Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is a common clinical index used to reflect kidney function. Normal GFR range is 90-120 mL/min/1.73m2 . And for kidney disease patients, they usually have low GFR and the lower the GFR is, the severer the illness condition is. Improved GFR always means remission of kidney disease, so almost all the kidney disease patients are eager to know how to improve GFR naturally.

Glomerular Filtration Rate describes the flow rate of filtered fluid through the kidney, so when blood volume filtered by kidney is increased or when glomerular filtration membrane is enlarged, GFR is improved to some extent. In cases of kidney disease, GFR decreases because of damaged glomerular filtration membrane which allows less blood pass through the kidney within limited time. There are toxins and nutritions in our blood and when the blood is filtered by this membrane, nutrition and wastes are separated. Nutrient substances are kept in our body and wastes are discharged finally. However, when GFR decreases, wastes can not be filtered out, which leads to high levels of toxin in the blood. Creatinine and urea nitrogen are the common two wastes produced by our body and once kidneys are damaged, both creatinine level and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level increase. High creatinine level and high BUN level always indicate there are lots of toxins in the blood. Therefore, improving GFR will help to lower creatinine level and BUN level.

To improve GFR naturally, kidney disease patients can try Chinese herbs which have function to extend blood vessels, fight against inflammation, fight again coagulation and degrade extracellular matrix. When blood vessels are extended, blood flow in kidney increases,which help to improve GFR effectively. We know with decreased GFR, blood clots are formed easily and anticoagulation function can help to prevent the forming of blood clots,and this helps to make the blood vessels unobstructed. With no obstruction and extended blood vessels, blood flow into kidney more smoothly. In this way, GFR can be improved. Besides, Chinese herbs also can supply the injured glomerular filtration membrane nutrient substances, which in some ways contributes to the repairing of filtration membrane. When injured membrane is repaired, filtration membrane enlarges and much more blood can be filtered within limited time.

In clinic, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is divided into 5 stages according to GFR, so when GFR is improved greatly, CKD is reserved effectively. Therefore, improving GFR is the key point for kidney disease patients to get their disease treated well.

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