by Ward W. Bond, PhD
Over the years many of my clients have suffered with diminished kidney function with high creatinine levels and over spilling of protein. Much of this problem is caused by chronic high blood pressure or diabetes or a combination of both. Once someone is diagnosed with weak kidney function, most of medical science just shrugs its shoulders and waits for the patient to eventually be placed on dialysis.
Diminished kidney function does not have to lead to eventual dialysis, but can actually be reversed. What I’m about to teach you is two simple nutrients that have helped people with diminished kidney function one hundred percent of the time, especially when linked to high blood pressure and/or diabetes. If you have either or both conditions, you need to consult your doctor and get it under control.
What Kidneys Do
The kidneys are very complex organs that process about one liter of blood every minute, filtering out wastes and delivering them to the bladder as urine to be excreted. They maintain the correct balance of fluids, minerals, nutrients, and acid in the body. Of particular importance is their role in regulating the body's water balance and salt balance, both of which are critical for good health and for life itself. If either one gets thrown far enough off, you die. Chronic kidney failure - the gradual loss of kidney function, resulting in potassium retention (which can cause cardiac arrest) and the buildup of metabolic wastes in the blood - is most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure. It is a serious problem, and anything that can forestall it is worth investigating. (May 2000 Life Extension - Arginine Keeps Kidneys in the Pink)
Asparagus: This can be eaten as food or an extract is available. Asparagus is considered a therapeutic herb and contains vital nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, E, folic acid and minerals calcium, chromium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, iodine, manganese, sulfur and silicon.
Asparagus has many other properties too. Asparagin, Asparagosides, Asparagusic acid, bitter properties, flavonoids such as rutin, qurecetin, kaempferol; Glycolic acid, Glycosides, Saponins, and Tyrosin. The wonder of foods and plants as medicine is the synergistic effect the nutrients contained inside.
Because it contains the amino acid asparagine, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that helps insulin do its job transporting glucose making it a perfect anti-diabetic food. It’s especially rich in glutathione, a detoxifying compound that can help destroy carcinogens. For this reason, asparagus may help fight or protect against certain cancers, including bone, breast, lung and colon cancers. This is a power-packed food and we should all be eating it!
Asparagus is very healing to the kidneys and here’s why. Asparagus can act as a natural diuretic, according to a 2010 study published in the West Indian Medical Journal. This can help rid the body of excess salt and fluid, making it especially good for people suffering from excess water retention. This vegetable acts as a natural antiseptic to help prevent bacterial infections and can help reduce the formation of kidney stones. By being faithful in eating it or taking the standardized extract, many people see the improvement in their kidney function. It is vital to everyone with diminished kidney function caused by high blood pressure, diabetes and poor eating habits.
Next up and I like to use this amino acid in conjunction with Asparagus is Arginine. Arginine has beneficial effects on the kidneys - specifically, on their ability to filter wastes, to maintain sodium and water balance, and to maintain neurohormonal balance. Those who suffer with high blood pressure will benefit by using arginine as this amino acid can help reduce overall blood pressure and help reduce that pressure in the kidneys due to its ability to produce nitric oxide. The heart and the kidneys are connected and if one if not functioning correctly it will affect the other organ. The importance of using arginine cannot be understated as it helps keep the internal tissues of the kidneys healthy.
As I have said in the beginning many of my clients have used this simple combination with great success. I encourage them to go see their doctor on a regular basis sometimes on a monthly basis until their doctor is satisfied that their kidney function is where it should be.
Nature is amazing as the medicine is right there in front of us, but the actions of this type of natural medicine is simple beyond comprehension. Every vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, flavonoids, amino acids working together in perfect harmony resurrecting better health in anyone who partakes of its power.
Asparagus Standard Extract: 150-200mg 2-3 times per day.
Arginine 500mg: 1000mg twice daily on empty stomach.
If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.