Scientists have some good news for those on hemodialysis; probiotics may provide health benefits. They are saying more work is needed on the subject. Hemodialysis is a process where the blood is filter of wastes and toxins several times a week. This is done because the person’s kidneys are damaged or inoperative.
Researchers were looking to evaluate the impact of Lactobacillus-containing probiotic supplementation on the metabolic profile. They wanted to look at the body composition of those who received hemodialysis while taking the Lactobacillus-containing probiotic supplementation as well.
They say interest in probiotics stems from positive results of some earlier studies in its use for modifying bacterial production of uremic toxins such as IS and PCS. Researchers note, however, more work needs to be done. Results can differ from patient to patient.
For a recent study, 56 patients were to receive two probiotic sachets per day with 6 grams each or a placebo for a period of 6 months. The sachets contained a mixture of three strains of Lactobacillus-containing probiotic supplementation. They were prescribed at high dose of 100 billion; 1 x 1011 cfu/day.
During the six months, no changes were observed in blood pressure, body mass index and other areas such as blood glucose, hemoglobin levels or inflammatory and microbial translocation markers.
Researchers did notice a significant decrease in serum idoxyl sulfate levels for patients who received probiotic supplementation (55.06 at baseline vs. 34.52 after 6 months). This decrease was not observed for those who received placebo and remained even after adjustment for age and diabetic status. One of the best probiotics around for kidney problems is our very own Kidney Restore. Be sure to check out more details about how it can help support normal kidney function on the shop page.