Published on April 27th, 2021 | by Michaelw0
The vitamin that stops proteinuria
Where to find Vitamin D:
taking 25 mcg of this vitamin every morning would decrease proteinuria FAST
while protecting the kidneys – and scientists confirm that!
Katherine from 00kidney here, welcome to our journey together to a better kidney health.
Proteinuria is probably the most important symptom of kidney disease progression.
Also called albuminuria, and linked to foam in the urine, proteinuria is the very first visible symptoms of CKD.
And, for those in the advanced stages of chronic kidney disease, proteinuria is also a marker of increased cardiovascular morbimortality – meaning that it’s associated with cardiovascular disease and death – according to a recent study.
Now guys, the good news is that researchers have recently discovered a vitamin that can significantly reduce the severity of proteinuria among patients with CKD.
This vitamin is vitamin D.
According to this research,
supplementary low-dose active vitamin D could significantly reduce the severity of proteinuria among patients with CKD
and this is really amazing! It means that a very cheap, easy to find supplement can actually save the life of people with kidney disease!
In fact, people with the lowest vitamin D levels have a 40% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
But wait a moment before rushing to buy a vitamin D supplement: people with kidney problems need a very specific form and dosage of vitamin D.
Not everything you can find in supplement stores is safe, and some vitamin supplements may be particularly dangerous for people with kidney problems!
But don’t worry, I’ll show you everything you need to know in the next few minutes!
And, if you don’t really have the time to watch today’s video, just take a vitamin D3 supplement in the lowest dosage you can find.
The authors of this study on the effects of vitamin D in proteinuria think that “earlier commencement of vitamin D therapy in patients with CKD would be beneficial to delay CKD progression.”
And they concluded saying that they really want more research on this topic.
They want to know everything about the perfect dosages and modalities.
And they’re absolutely right about that.
CKD is one of the most deadly diseases in the world and people suffering from it deserve all the research and all the awareness possible.
So guys, share this video now so we can raise the awareness for kidney disease.
This kind of research could save many lives.
Because, what researchers are saying here is that taking a vitamin D supplement could realistically save your life, if you have kidney disease or if you are on dialysis.
and, while scientists are still waiting for more research, we on – the other hand – don’t really need to wait for them to be granted a fund before starting to take vitamin D.
Am I right?
A question for you guys before we dip right into the video –
Are you already taking a vitamin supplement? Did your doctor recommend it to you? Let’s talk about it in comment section!
Now, the reason why I’m telling you that we don’t need any further research before start taking vitamin d as a supplement is that
according to a recent study, low levels of vitamin D are reported in 90% OF CKD AND DIALYSIS PATIENTS.
In fact, vitamin D deficiency is SO common, healthcare workers are instructed to test a patient for vitamin D levels if he is hospitalized with a broken bone.
Especially people who have risk factors for this deficiency. And This also include people with kidney problems, because THE KIDNEYS are involved in the activation of this vitamin!
And this also means that when you start getting more of this vitamin, you can get several, IMEMDIATE benefits
including a better immunity, lower risk of depression and an improvement in kidney function.
Research also suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type1 and type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
So it’s clear that your kidney health can get a serious boost from this vitamin.
On the other hand, people with low levels of vitamin D, can experience dozens of symptoms,
Such as fatigue, bone, back and muscle pain, but also hair loss, regular sickness or infection and impaired wound healing.
And very low vitamin D levels are associated with higher risk of heart failure, sudden cardiac death, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
So it’s clear that Vitamin D is essential for your good health AND THAT people with kidney problems really need more of this vitamin.
While the question about “IF” to supplement or not this vitamin has already been answered, in my opinion, there is still ongoing research as to the correct amount of vitamin D to supplement daily.
So, let’s get to the point: how much vitamin D should you take per day?
we already have guidelines, dosages and modalities to take this supplement in a safe and effective way.
you can see here the daily recommended values for vitamin D.
We can see that for adults 15mcg or 600 IU is recommended. People 71 years old or more and people on dialysis may want to supplement more of this vitamin.
In fact, 600 IU is considered too low by some researchers, with recent studies and statements from the Institute of Medicine and the Endocrine Society suggesting taking about 1000 IU of vitamin D daily.
Or up to 2000 IU for people on dialysis. This what you would find in a vitamin D supplement or multivitamin made specifically for dialysis patients, such as Dialyvite or ProRenal+D Kidney Multivitamins.
By the way guys, I’ve made a video about kidney multivitamins you may want to watch, in case you have missed it.
Now, I understand that this whole recommended dosage slide may be a little confusing.
My advice here is to err on the side of caution.
Vitamin D is fat soluble, meaning that there’s a risk of overdosing and toxicity, especially for someone with impaired kidney function.
Now, most of the benefits, the kidney protecting benefits and the possibility of decreasing proteinuria associated with vitamin D are already observed with a low daily dose, such as 600 IU.
But, most of the supplements you will find on the market today start at 1000 IU, as you can see.
What to do then? First of all, discuss changes in Vitamin D doses with your healthcare provider, if you have kidney problems or if you’re on dialysis.
And don’t take more than 1000 IU per day, unless your doctor tells you too, obviously.
Question, are all Vitamin D supplements the same?
There are two different forms of vitamin D often found in multivitamins, D3 (cholecalciferol) and D2 (ergocalciferol).
Research shows that vitamin D in the form of D3 may be more effective than D2, when taken as an oral supplement.
SO THIS is what you want, ok, vitamin D3 in dosage ranging from 600IU or 15mcg to 1000IU or 25mcg.
Don’t take any of those 5000IU vitamin D3 supplements unless your doctor tells you to.
If we take a look at amazon.com, it’s very easy to find supplements of vitamin D3 for as low as 5$ for a six month supply.
But we may also notice that supplements of vitamin D3 in the 600IU dosage, the lowest recommended, are not exactly easy to find.
One brand is Solgar. This product received a significant number of positive reviews and adheres to good manufacturing practices.
It costs 11$ for a 4-month supply.
Vitamin D3 in the 1000IU dosage is way cheaper, for some reason.
Doctor’s Best, a well known brand offers a 6-month supply for 5$.
These softgels contain extra virgin olive oil, a wise choice.
The best reviewed brand on amazon.com is Nature’s Bounty, still very cheap, but contains soybean oil, definitely not as healthy.
Now guys, you know that when it comes to vitamins, what I usually suggest is to improve our diet to get more of what we need.
But, unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is more frequent in people following a plant based diet – which is the best diet for kidney disease, basically.
This happens because most of the best sources of this nutrient are animal-based.
Vitamin D is found naturally in fatty fish, eggs and dairy.
Now, these are all foods that someone following a renal diet should limit or completely avoid.
This makes particularly hard to get enough vitamin D from the diet alone.
There could be a way, though.
There’s a simple trick that not many people know about!
If you can fit mushrooms in your diet, the only source of plant-based vitamin D, always do this before eating them:
leave mushrooms with their gills exposed to Sunlight for as little as 20 minutes to achieve a great increase in vitamin D levels.
Sunlight will continue vitamin D production for up to 24 hours!
So, leave them for as long as you wish, just make sure they don’t start to decay.
Now, mushrooms are considered too rich in potassium, so many doctors recommend their patients to avoid them, in case of a potassium allowance.
And this makes it even harder to get enough vitamin d from food alone.
The other best source of vitamin D is
Now, vitamin D from the sun is as powerful as a medicine.
Sunlight can help you avoid depression more than vitamin D alone.
And it may also improve your sleep quality, boost your immunity and improve your metabolism.
There are even studies suggesting that sun exposure may even lower blood pressure in people with hypertension – which is great.
So never lose an occasion to get some sun exposure, just remember to use sunscreen so you don’t get burned.
But again, this is probably not enough: up to 90% of people with kidney problems have insufficient levels of Vitamin D, as we have seen.
So, unless you spend most of your day eating mushrooms under the sun, you probably will greatly benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement.
Ok guys, a new video is coming next Friday – I hope to see you there.
In the meantime, keep taking good care of your kidneys and be good to yourself.
This is all for today, thank you for watching!