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Is Sunflower Seed bad For Patients With Kidney Disease

Is Sunflower Seed bad For Patients With Kidney DiseaseIs sunflower seed good for patients with kidney disease? Patients with kidney disease often have many strict restrictions in their diet, while they may have this question.

As we know, sunflower seed is a common food in our life, which has delicious taste, and it is very convenient to eat, so it is very popular. Thereby, whether sunflower seed is suitable for patients with kidney disease to eat is worth talking about.


There are abundant minerals and vitamins in sunflower seed, which are very important to body function. Besides, a major ingredient in sunflower seed is unsaturated fatty acid, and it is a substance that can take many benefits to our body health.

More than 50% of sunflower seed is fat, and it is mainly unsaturated fat, which does not contain cholesterol. The linoleic acid in sunflower seed is more than 70%, which is helpful in reducing the cholesterol level in blood, and that is in favor of the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. As we know, patients with kidney disease are at a high risk of cardiovascular diseases, which are also a major reason of death cases. While eating sunflower seed can be helpful in reducing this risk.

Beside, patients with kidney disease often have fatigue, which is mainly caused by anemia. While sunflower seed contains abundant microelements like iron, zinc, potassium, etc, which is helpful in preventing anemia.

Except for the benefits above, sunflower seed is also good at preventing aging, and calming emotion, reducing the rate of colon cancer. Besides, sunflower is also good for the treatment of some nerve problems like depression, neurasthenia, insomnia, etc.


Patients with kidney disease should also be careful when they have sunflower seed, because it may also take bad effects to them.

The minerals in sunflower are abundant, especially the amount of potassium. While patients with kidney disease often hyperkalemia, and most patients in end stage of renal disease will have this symptom. Thereby, patients should pay attention to the amount of sunflower seed that they take.

In addition, too much sunflower seed intake can consume our choline, which can influence the normal ability of liver cell. Thereby, if patients have liver disease, they should avoid eating sunflower seed, because that may harm their liver.

Besides, a large amount of saliva will be lost as we spit the shell out, and it is bad for mouth health if anyone often eat sunflower seed.

In the end, different kidney disease patients have their own symptoms and conditions, so patients should consult the nutritionist or the doctor’s advices before they make their eating plan.

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