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Is Okra OK to Eat for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

Is Okra OK to Eat for Chronic Kidney Disease PatientsOkra is one green vegetable that grows in warm weather. For patients with chronic kidney disease, they are usually recommended to eat more vegetable and fruits but not all. Can kidney disease patients eat okra? Is this vegetable good or bad for kidney patients?

Firstly, we should know okra is one nutritious vegetable, so it can add health benefits to us if used properly. Because okra contains no fat or cholesterol but rich soluble fiber, it won’t cause patients’ risk of high blood fat or blood cholesterol. What’s more, rich soluble fiber can improve the health of digestive tract. With the progress of kidney disease, kidney patients are usually at a high risk of digestive problems, constipation, poor appetite and other problems. In this case, okra is helpful.

Secondly, okra is abundant in essential minerals and vitamin C. When kidneys are unable to produce enough EPO, renal anemia and iron deficiency occurs easily. Okra is just rich in iron, so it can help manage renal anemia. Vitamin C is one common antioxidant, so it can help protect the remaining kidney functioning tissues and boosting patients’ immune system.

Finally, this vegetable is also a great source of folic acid and vitamin B-6. Both of these two substances can help prompt kidney patients’ metabolism and physical development.

Since okra can bring so many benefits for patients with chronic kidney disease, these patients may think they can consume this vegetable freely. However, this thought is wrong. This is because okra also contains high amount of oxalate which can increase the risk of kidney stones. If patients have Polycystic Kidney Disease or a history of kidney stones, they should limit or avoid this vegetable.

To be responsible for kidney patients’ health and safety, they had better consult the doctor online in detail before determining how much okra to eat every time.

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