How to Protect Your Kidneys From Damage and Reduce Proteinuria With Vitamin
This video is about melatonin and how it helps protect against kidney damage from antibiotics along with being a great supplement in general.
Melatonin–this over-the-counter supplement is not actually a vitamin, it’s a hormone. Melatonin comes from the pineal gland in the brain. Usually it’s taken from cows. Melatonin helps regulate your sleep and wake cycle and it’s also a very strong antioxidant which helps protect the kidney. It may even help with protein excretion in the urine, which is a great thing for kidney disease.
This information comes from a study in “Renal Protective Effects of Melatonin Against Vancomycin Related Acute Kidney Injury In Hospitalized Patients” Vancomycin is an antibiotic, and a lot of antibiotics can be very damaging to the kidney, as well as chemotherapy. What they did here was they gave people melatonin who had kidney problems or kidney disease who were given Vancomycin. Doses ranged between one and five milligrams and they found that people who took that melatonin had much less damage than those who didn’t take melatonin.
Melatonin is generally recognized as safe it’s been out for a long time so we’ve got tons and tons of studies. It can go well with any of your medication and there really is no contraindications on medications unless maybe you’re using some type of sleep medication. Sleep problems in kidneys are very common because there’s melatonin receptors in the kidney, so melatonin also helps with sleep. I’ve had really bad insomnia at times, depending on the stage of my kidney disease, and melatonin helped me at those times. One to five milligrams seems to be a good safe dose for everybody. If you’ve got to take antibiotics, you can take melatonin to protect your kidneys.
When it comes to ridding protein in the urine, melatonin along with decreasing the sodium in your diet has a good chance of doing so. That’s a super good, important thing. As far as melatonin side effects, in a very small percentage of people they get an opposite effect where instead of making you drowsy it makes you more wired and awake. Another side effect is vivid dreams. Another thing is melatonin may make you wake up really groggy. This is a sign you need to cut the dose back. Let’s say you’re taking a five milligram pill maybe you try two and a half milligrams or two milligrams.
Melatonin is a great supplement. Feel free to use it and it can be found just about everywhere from pharmacies to supermarket checkout lines. Now we know it’s really good for your kidneys as well. This supplement is something you want to consider taking to help yourself sleep better, and if you have kidney disease.