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Can SLE Patients Eat Sunflower Seeds

2015-04-24 07:11

Can SLE Patients Eat Sunflower SeedsSystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a inflammatory, multisystem and autoimmune disease in which antinuclear antibodies occur. In addition to medical treatment, SLE patients also need to avoid some foods that may do harm for your kidneys. Are sunflower seeds good for SLE patients?

Sunflower seeds have lots of health benefits and they are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E and various trace elements. However, it is not wise for SLE patients to eat too many sunflower seeds due to high content of potassium.

Potassium is important for a healthy body, but for SLE patients and other kidney disease patients, they are running high risk for hyperkalemia due to impaired kidney function. Kidneys are essential in filtering excess potassium from the blood. Damaged kidneys can affect this filtration system, leading to increased potassium levels because of kidney function decline. This increase can exacerbate the problem because it continues to decrease the effectiveness of the kidneys as potassium levels rise. A

A high potassium level can result in diarrhea, chest pain, heart palpitations or heart failure. Sunflower seed is rich in potassium and said to provide 920mg potassium per 100 gram serving. Therefore, SLE patients who are told to have elevated phosphorus level in blood need to stay away from sunflower seeds.

In addition to sunflower seeds, SLE patients also need to avoid other foods with high potassium levels such as pumpkin seeds, bananas, dark leafy greens, white beans, baked potatoes, dried apricots, baked acorn squash, fish and avocados, etc. Diet is essential for SLE patients but it is not enough. In this condition, patients can have a try of Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy which can repair kidney damage and improve renal function. In this way, kidney disease patients can have a high life quality. If you need to know more information, you can leave a message below or consult our online doctor directly. We are glad to help you.

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