With the onset of winter, and cold, damp weather, comes the misery of colds, influenza and other seasonal bugs for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients. Many patients will utilize vitamin C to ward off seasonal infections, but they should be aware that some supplements which are labeled as "vitamin C" contain a synthetically manufactured chemical derived from glucose (ascorbic acid) instead of natural vitamin C. Synthetic ascorbic acid does not have the same biological properties, and therefore benefits, as true vitamin C found in fruits, berries, vegetables and many other natural sources, and can be harmful for individuals including those with CKD.
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In general, vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, manufacture collagen, form and repair red blood cells/bones as well as keeps capillary walls and blood vessels firm. It also keeps CKD patients' immune system healthy. However, unnatural vitamin C supplements can bring adverse health consequences which include reacting with iron in food and causing neurological conditions, thickening of the arteries, losing energy and endurance, increasing risk of cardiovascular disease in those with diabetes, and killing "good microbes" in the gut which suppress the immune system.
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The daily recommended intake of vitamin C for people with CKD is 60-100 mg. Although this is achievable when following a balanced, nutritious diet including fruits, vegetables and other natural products; many with CKD must take supplements because of their dietary restrictions. In which case KidneyBuzz.com highly recommends that those with CKD should attempt to avoid negative effects of ascorbic acid by discussing possible supplements with their Nephrologists before beginning a regimen.
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