Vitamins are a vital part of ensuring good health, but there are literally tons of vitamins out there, so what’s the best way to cut through the fluff and focus on the essentials for kidney issues? A good guideline is finding vitamins that have positive effects on levels that are often imbalanced in people who have kidney problems. One of these levels is phosphorus (which the kidney has trouble excreting) and the vitamin that works best at lowering phosphorus levels and keeping them out of dangerous territory is Vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 is also commonly referred to as niacin, niacinamide, and nicotinic acid. B-vitamins, in general, are responsible for making good use of proteins and fats, and helping to convert carbohydrates into energy, along with various other functions related to regulating circulation and cholesterol levels.
Its primary benefit for individuals with kidney issues lies in its ability to lower phosphorus levels. When these levels are high, as they often are in people with serious kidney complications, they pull calcium from the body and cause bones to weaken. Calcium deposits are also a potential threat, especially if they begin to accumulate in the blood vessels, lungs, heart, or any other vital organs. Vitamin B3 can decrease phosphorus absorption and help to avoid these pitfalls. Vitamin B3 can also help reduce cholesterol which is a double dose of good news for those dealing with kidney issue, who often suffer from such complications.
Some of the Best Food Sources of Vit. B3 Include:
- Green Peas
- Sunflower Seeds
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