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Can Kidney Failure Patients Eat Pumpkin

2013-03-19 11:34

pumpkin kidney failurePumpkin contains many nutritions to the body such as starch, protein, carotene, vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, etc. Pumpkin is not only of high edible value but also of high dietotherapy value.

Eating pumpkins are good for kidney failure patients so long as patients do not have high serum potassium or high serum phosphorus levels.

Polysaccharide in pumpkins is non-specific immune enhancer which can regulate immune disorders and improve immunity so as to make people strong and less susceptible to have colds and infections which are often the inducement of relapse of kidney failure symptoms.

Pumpkin contains rich carotenoid which can be transformed into vitamin A in the body and it is very important to maintain the healthy development of vision and bones.

Pumpkins contains many essential amino acids and high levels of immunoglobulins.

It has also been found that pumpkin seed can help prevent kidney stones. The fats in pumpkin seeds can help prevent and treat urinary system diseases and prostate enlargement.

Pumpkin contains rich minerals. It is high-calcium, high-potassium and low-sodium, therefore it is proper for elderly people and high blood pressure patients.

Pumpkin can improve the body’s metabolism and promote generation of red blood cells. It can also promote the production of vitamin B12 which is an essential element for islet cells. Pumpkin therefore can help lower high blood sugar and prevent diabetes which is one leading cause of kidney failure.

However kidney failure patients often have high blood potassium. Potassium is mainly discharged through the kidneys, when renal functions are severely damaged, excess potassium in the blood can not be removed efficiently. If patients have developed the signs of high blood potassium (hyperkalemia), they should not eat too much pumpkin because it is high-potassium and high-phosphorus.

Too much potassium in blood is very dangerous and in serious conditions can be life-threatening. Therefore high-potassium foods should be avoided or at least limited. These foods include pumpkin, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, organge, tomatoes, dried prunes, etc. There are many other kidney-friendly substitutions such as cucumber, apples, onions, grapes, cherries, carrots, cranberry, lemon cookies, fruit compote, etc.

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