Can people with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease, or Stage 3 CKD, eat cabbage? Cabbage is one healthy vegetable that can help fight against many disease. For people with kidney disease, they are always recommended to restrict their foods. Fortunately, most of them can still eat cabbage.
Correct amount of cabbage can bring the following benefits for people with stage 3 kidney disease.
1. Help fight against inflammation
Many types of kidney disease are associated with kidney inflammation, such as IgA Nephropathy, FSGS and Lupus Nephritis. Cabbage is known to have cadmium-binding complexes within its leaves, and glutamine is the main component. As introduced by doctors, glutamine is one powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Therefore, cabbage has the anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Treat deficiency of vitamin C
Cabbage is one great source of vitamin C, and we are surprised to find cabbage is richer in vitamin C than oranges and many other fruits. Vitamin C is one natural antioxidant that declines free radicals in our body and improves our immune system. Most of kidney disease patients usually suffer from deficiency of vitamin C, so they can use cabbage as vitamin C supplements.
3. Boost bone health
When kidneys fail to work properly, they can’t filter out phosphorus efficiently any more. As more and more phosphorus builds up in the body, bone problems occur easily. Cabbage contains rich minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These minerals can protect bones from degradation, osteoporosis, bone weakness, etc.
4. Prevent high blood pressure
High blood pressure is one common complication of kidney disease. The potassium in cabbage makes it a healthy way to protect kidney disease patients from high blood pressure. If you have hypertension, you can consume some cabbage.
Cabbage is one healthy vegetable for most people with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease, but some patients are still recommended to control their intake, when their potassium level is higher than the normal. Make sure you are eating it in correct amount.