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Health benefits of cashews for people with early stage PKD
PKD is an inherited kidney disease characterized by fluid-filled cysts. In the early stage, those cysts are still small so that they do not cause any damage to the kidneys. When your kidney function is normal, it is OK to eat cashews.
PKD patients often have high blood pressure, which increases your risk of heart disease. The magnesium in cashews helps lower blood pressure and helps prevent heart attacks. Bone disease is also a common complication of kidney disease, because the damaged kidneys affect the absorption of calcium. Magnesium in cashews also helps build up a strong bone so as to prevent bone disease.
Cashews are good for immune system, Cashews are packed with rich vitamins. Those vitamins can eliminate free radicals from your blood so as to prevent its damage to body.
When your PKD is in advanced stage, you had better limit the intake of cashews.
In advanced stage, those cysts enlarge so that they impair kidneys and then kidney function declines. Cashews are great source of potassium and phosphorus. High potassium level increases your risk of heart disease so as to threaten your life. And high phosphorus level causes skin itch. Therefore, you had better limit the intake of cashews.
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