Top Kidney-Friendly Super Foods. . .

People with kidney disease experience more inflammation and have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those without kidney problems. If you have kidney disease, it's important that you consult a renal dietitian and follow a kidney diet. Including super foods in your kidney diet eating plan can help you increase your intake of nutrients and antioxidants.

Super foods are nutrient dense, which means they offer multiple nutrients while providing minimal calories. Nutrient-dense super foods are the colors of the rainbow. They are red, orange, pink, yellow, purple and green. These are the colors of super foods such as blueberries, bell peppers, spinach, salmon, kidney beans and grapefruit. Super foods contain antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals. Even in relatively low amounts, antioxidants can help slow or stop the rate of oxidation caused by free radicals. Examples of antioxidants include flavonoids, lycopene and vitamins C, E and beta-carotene. 

Here’s a list of the top kidney-friendly super foods. These foods are good for everyone, not just people with kidney disease, so by using them in your family's meals, you'll be helping your loved ones enjoy good health too.

It really is true what they say, an apple a day really does help keep the doctor away! High in fiber and anti-inflammatory properties apples are great in reducing cholesterol, protect against heart problems, decrease your risk of cancer plus help to prevent constipation. Renal-friendly apples can be eaten raw or cooked. Or get their health benefits by drinking apple juice or cider.

Cranberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and cherries are wonderful rich in a variety of kidney-friendly nutrients from improving bladder and heart health to containing anti-cancer properties and reducing inflammation. So go, go berry-crazy and start introducing them to your morning cereal or add them to a kidney-friendly smoothie!

Cabbage is a wonderful vegetable and should be frequently added to any diet! Bursting with delightful goodness including Vitamin B6, C and K, great as a source of fiber and folic acid plus is low in potassium to keep your kidneys happy.

If you're following the dialysis diet, add cabbage by turning it into coleslaw or use as a topping for fish tacos. Cabbage can be boiled, steamed or microwaved and then enjoyed with a touch of butter or cream cheese and a sprinkling of pepper or caraway seeds. Other nutritious meal options include cabbage rolls and stuffed cabbage.

Cauliflower has a high concentration of vitamin C as well as fiber and folate. It also helps the liver to neutralize toxins in the body.

Cauliflower can be eaten raw with dip or in salads. Steamed or boiled, it can be seasoned and turned into a great side dish. You can even mash cauliflower as a dialysis-friendly replacement for mashed potatoes.

Cherries are filled with antioxidants and phytochemicals that protect your heart. When eaten daily, they have been shown to reduce inflammation. 

Fresh cherries make a delicious snack. Of course, cherry pie is a popular dessert, but there's also cherry crisp, cherry cheesecake and even cherry coffee cake. Cherry sauce makes a nice accompaniment to lamb or pork.

Egg whites 
Did you know that eggs whites are a pure source of protein, offering the highest quality there is? This added to the fact they are rich in essential amino acids make them a great food choice for those with kidney problems, especially since egg whites contain less phosphorus than other protein sources.

Another high-quality source of protein is fish. Besides being a great source of protein, fish contains anti-inflammatory fats called omega-3s. These healthy fats help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. They also help lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (the good cholesterol).
The types of fish that have the most omega-3s are salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, herring and rainbow trout.

Great for reducing inflammation and lowering cholesterol with additional benefits of being high in antioxidants and anti-clotting properties. (Cooking garlic will not affect its antioxidant properties, but it will reduce its anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory effects.)

Olive Oil 
You may not know this but studies show people that use olive oil instead of other types of oils have lower rates of cancer and heart disease. Olive oil is high in polyphenols, antioxidants (especially extra virgin olive oil) and oleic acid – the latter of is an anti-inflammatory fatty acid which protects against oxidation.

Use virgin or extra virgin olive oil – they're higher in antioxidants. Olive oil can be used in cooking or to make salad dressing, as a dip for bread and as a marinade for vegetables. 

Onions are a great choice to add flavour to many dishes and they’re healthy too! They are a powerful source of antioxidants due to containing flavonoids, particularly quercetin for reduced heart disease and known to protect against various forms of cancer. Low in potassium, onions are not only kidney-friendly; they also contain chromium, a mineral that assists your body with the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. 

Red bell peppers
Red bell peppers are a good choice for those concerned about kidney health, because they're low in potassium. In addition, they add color and taste to any dish, while packing a generous portion of vitamins A, C, B6, folic acid and fiber. They also contain the antioxidant lycopene, which protects against certain types of cancer.

Red grapes
These are good for your heart, because they prevent oxidation and reduce the chance of blood clots. One flavonoid in grapes, resveratrol, may boost production of nitric oxide, which increases muscle relaxation in blood vessels for better blood flow. Flavonoids also help protect you from cancer and prevent inflammation. 

If you're concerned about the health of your own kidneys — or somebody else's — these super foods for kidney health should be on your grocery-shopping list. Ask a renal dietitian for help including them in your kidney-friendly meal plan if you have chronic kidney disease. When buying fruits and vegetables, get the freshest ones you can find and be sure to include a variety, since some are rich in one nutrient and others are rich in another. If you can only find fruits that are not at their peak, the flavor may be lessened, but you'll still get good nutritional value from them for your kidney health.



  1. i guess everything is in my kithcne lists! though cherries isn't fond of my family hehe well we can still practice right? great posts dear! xx

  2. These are indeed healthy information. Will recommend this to my cousin who has kidney disease; and applicable to everybody else, right?

  3. These food should be incorporated to our diets to have stronger kidneys.

  4. Thank God, almost all on the list is a regular stuff in our menu.

  5. Maybe it's good if you can also provide recipes we can create out of these food in the list for our everyday meals. :)

  6. I need this food for a healthy kidney. As we grow old we experience a lot of sickness so we better take care of our body and eat healthy food while we are young.

  7. oh this is just what I need! I had kidney stones last year and after my shockwave treatment, I was advised to watch what I eat :)

  8. All delish and healthy! And i must say, seeing the photo of raspberries, blueberries & strawberries makes me want one... on a Nestle cream! :)

  9. Oh this is very useful especially for women. As we are more prone to UTI infection which may lead to kidney problems as well.

  10. Oh this is very useful especially for women. As we are more prone to UTI infection which may lead to kidney problems as well.

  11. Apples and berries are always top of the list. They are included in the top 25 healthy fruits too. Thanks for sharing these healthy treats for kidney.

  12. I really appreciate for your work for health . Please update this regulaly.i need regularly this type food for over daily ruting.For more information visit at Super food