Findings presented at the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings shed more light on the benefits of probiotic supplements on chronic kidney disease.
Probiotics can help significantly reduce inflammation, improve gastrointestinal health and even help in reducing uremic toxins. The study most notably revealed a total body reduction in inflammation and a reduction in serum C-reactive protein (or, CRP) following a course of probiotics. This, in turn, helped improve mortality rates in laboratory rats suffering from end-stage renal disease.
Unfortunately, the study, which followed 178 end-stage renal disease patients, revealed no significant impact upon serum tumor necrosis or albumin, but overall GI symptoms were definitely improved.
Past studies highlighting the effects of probiotics on kidney disease have shown its ability to regulate hemoglobin and help with anemia. Probiotics are the good bacteria that line the gut and aid in digestion and when kidney health is compromised, they become ten times more important.