Mushrooms Might Be Just What Kidney Disease Sufferers Need

Mushrooms offer great nutritional opportunities and health benefits. More than just something to be added to salad and pizza, they can offer hope to those with chronic kidney disease and serve to supplement treatment the patient is already receiving. Caterpillar fungus or Cordyceps Sinensis has been long used to treat chronic kidney disease and cancer going back to ancient China.

The kidneys act as filters for the blood in the human body. Waste and toxins produced by the bodies natural processes or somehow absorbed are filtered out by the kidneys and expelled through urine. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when the kidneys loss some of their function or stop working for a long period of time. Without the kidneys, toxins can build up in the body and eventually cause organ damage.

While mushrooms offer these benefits, it is critical to know which mushrooms work for what and which are poisonous. Experts warn not to pick and eat wild mushrooms as many of them are the poisonous kind. Mushrooms grow in cool, wet conditions. Symptoms of poisoning can include severe abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, these can also cause liver damage, yes, kidney failure and even death if even a small amount is consumed. Sometimes, it can take hours for symptoms to appear.

This is something to remember too whether you are looking for alternative nutritional sources or going out for a hike. Do not snack on the wild mushrooms you see in the woods. Furthermore, be wary of children around wild mushrooms and pets. Dogs are famous for putting just about anything in their mouths.

Caterpillar fungus is technical a parasite which grows on the head of a caterpillar before it grows into a flowery body. Yet, this has been used as a treatment for illnesses in humans for a long time. These and other remedies have been under scrutiny for a while, but part of the scrutiny involves testing by trained researchers.

In a recent study of caterpillar fungus was looked at in CKD patients who are not undergoing dialysis. Researchers utilized data collected from 22 studies of approximately 2000 patients. The fungus significantly decreased serum creatinine levels and increased clearance of said creatinine. In addition, it reduced the amount of protein in the urine. Researchers were happy to report this mushroom could help patients reduce some of the most troubling symptoms of the disease.

Researchers also theorize this mushroom could help CKD patients in other ways. As said before, CKD does not just affect the kidneys, but the whole human body. These mushrooms could increase serum albumin and hemoglobin in the blood. It can have an anti-inflammatory effect and improve Anemia symptoms. It can also improve a CKD patient’s bones.

Caterpillar fungus has benefits for patients without CKD as well. One big benefit is an improvement in the immune system to colds, flues and viruses. In addition, it can help slow down the aging process and boost a person’s brain function through anti-oxidants. It can help regulate blood sugar, libido and fertility. In addition, it helps reduce harmful the triglycerides responsible for heart disease. This is beneficial for patients with CKD as a big concern for them is cardiovascular disease because of CKD.

Cordyceps Sinensis, caterpillar fungus is one of the good guys. It is not a poisonous, wild mushroom and it could help CKD patients improve the quality of their life and them continues struggle against the illness. It helps filter the blood when the kidneys cannot, protecting against deterioration and heart disease. And, even to the healthy person, it has numerous benefits. It is something to consider and something you can talk to your doctor about. And, if you’d like more of the latest information about natural detox treatments for chronic kidney disease, you should be sure to look for us on Twitter.