Renal failure – Complementary approaches


Fish oils, rhubarb (Rheum Officinale), coenzyme Q10.



 Fish oils. IgA nephropathy, also called Berger’s disease, affects the kidneys and can progress to life-threatening kidney failure. In some clinical trials, the progression of renal failure has been shown to slow down in subjects treated long term with fish oils.1-4 . In 2004, a review concluded that fish oils were useful in slowing the progression of this disease.5, which was confirmed by other subsequent research which, however, clarified for which forms of the disease they were effective6.


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Kidney disease – Complementary approaches: understand everything in 2 min

Rhubarb (Rheum officinale). A Cochrane systematic review of 9 studies showed that one can possibly improve kidney function as measured by creatinine level, and possibly decrease the progression to end stage renal disease. The published research, however, suffers from methodological flaws and is not of the highest quality.8.

Coenzyme Q10. Two studies have shown that the need for dialysis with coenzyme Q10 could be reduced, with two 30 mg capsules three times a day. Research with 97 patients of whom 45 were already on dialysis showed that patients needed fewer dialysis sessions than those who took the placebo. At the end of the 12 weeks of treatment, there were almost half as many patients who still needed dialysis9. In another study of 21 patients with impaired kidney function, 36% of patients on coenzyme Q10 needed dialysis compared to 90% of patients on placebo. We did not find any study that shows the fate of these patients in the long term.10.


Since the diet of people with kidney failure must be strictly controlled, be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplement.

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