What Fruit Is Good for Kidneys?

Reviewed on 5/6/2021
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A variety of fruits can be beneficial for kidney health

Eating a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients can help promote kidney health. 

If you have kidney disease, a variety of fruits can be beneficial to include in your diet as long as they don’t contain excessive amounts of potassium and phosphorus

Strawberries

  • Contain two types of phenols, anthocyanins and ellagitannins, which improve kidney function.
  • Rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from oxidative damage.
  • Great source of vitamin C, manganese and fiber
  • Contain anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties that promote overall good health.

Cranberries

  • Loaded with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which are beneficial for people suffering from kidney ailments or UTIs.

Blueberries

  • 1 cup of blueberries contains 114 grams potassium and 18 milligrams phosphorus.
  • High in antioxidants and phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, which reduce inflammation and promote renal and kidney health.
  • Good source of vitamin C and manganese, which are good for bones and skin and help reduce signs of aging.

Raspberries

  • Enriched with phytonutrients called ellagic acid, which help neutralize free radicals in the body and prevent cell damage.
  • Contain flavonoids, which are good for improving kidney function and can reduce the growth of cancer cells.
  • Excellent source of manganese, vitamin B and C, fiber and folate.

Apples

  • 1 medium-sized apple has 195 milligrams potassium and 20 milligrams phosphorus. 
  • May help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels and ease constipation.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties and high fiber content, which help improve kidney function.

Grapes

  • 1 cup of grapes contains 288 milligrams potassium and 30 milligrams phosphorus
  • Good source of vitamins C and K (low levels of these vitamins are linked to kidney disease).
  • High in fiber and contains small amounts of minerals like copper, manganese and magnesium.

Pineapples

Citrus fruits

The more vitamin C in your diet, the better for your kidneys. Oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits contain vitamin C in abundance. Consuming dilute lemon juice daily may help decrease the risk of kidney stone formation.

Other fruits

Other fruits that may be recommended for promoting kidney health include:

  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Clementines
  • Nectarines
  • Mandarins
  • Plums
  • Satsumas
  • Watermelon
  • Cherries

How much fruit should you include in your diet?

Since appropriate portion sizes vary from person to person, talk to your doctor or dietitian for recommendations on how much fruit to include in your diet to avoid consuming excessive amounts of these minerals.

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References
Cleveland Clinic. Renal Diet Basics. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/15641-renal-diet-basics

WebMD. Chronic Kidney Disease. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/diet-and-chronic-kidney-disease

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes and Kidney Disease: What to Eat? https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/eat-well/what-to-eat.html

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