Drink Up for Your Kidneys!

Wine lovers, it is now official – your glass of wine is good for your kidneys – of course in moderation or light consumption.  That means enjoying up to a glass of wine every day is good for your kidneys on top of drinking more water and cranberry juice!  No need to feel guilty about the daily glass of wine.

Before you say that this is all about marketing red wine, let me cite a scientific study published April 2014 in the “Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases Journal” by Dr. T. Mehta a renal fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center.  Among other things, the study examined the association between light wine consumption and the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (often referred to by doctors as CKD).  The study concludes that light wine consumption when compared to abstinence, is associated with lower prevalence of CKD. Light wine drinkers has a 37 percent lower prevalence of chronic kidney disease compared to those that did not drink wine at all.   (And there is also a bonus finding — that light wine consumption also helps lower the odds of cardiovascular disease in those with CKD.)

While he is not sure, Dr. T. Mehta believes that red is better than white wine as the better choice.  The benefits of red wine is probably because of their powerful antioxidants & resveratrol that is known to help with circulation and high blood pressure.  Another ingredient in red wine that is a plus is polyphenols which is known to have anti-ageing properties.  (However, I would not go so far as to say that red wine is an elixir of youth).

So have that glass of wine with dinner or after dinner – white is good but probably red is better.  You will also be doing some good for your kidney health.

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