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Prevent kidney stones with these natural supplements...

by , 17 July 2013

Kidney stones are one of the most common urinary tract disorders and they're nothing short of agonising for those who suffer from them.

Fortunately, there are ways to help keep your kidneys free from stones for good.

To understand the best way to fight kidney stones, there are a few basic facts you need to know. First, two-thirds of all cases involve calcium oxalate stones.

Many mainstream urologists will tell you to reduce your dietary calcium intake.

But, restricting calcium intake isn’t actually helpful in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones at all. And it could even make the problem worse.

Revealed! The effective way to prevent calcium oxalate kidney stones - naturally...

In 1974, researchers from Harvard University submitted a study to the Journal of Urology showing that calcium oxalate kidney stones - the most common kind - could be prevented by supplementing with magnesium oxide and vitamin B6.

In this study, 149 people with a history of recurrent calcium oxalate kidney stones took 300mg per day of magnesium oxide and 10mgs per day of vitamin B6.

Over a six year period, the mean rate of kidney stone formation fell from 1.3 per year to 0.1 kidney stones per year. That works out to a significant 92.3% reduction and there were no side effects.

Magnesium helps the body dissolve calcium so if you’re deficient in this mineral it can cause calcium deposits to accumulate, which increases your risk of forming kidney stones.

Another vitamin that promotes healthy functioning of the urinary tract is vitamin A (not betacarotene). People who are deficient in it can also form kidney stones more easily than others.

You’ll find vitamin A in most good general multiple vitamin and mineral supplements.

Other contributing factors to kidney-stone formation...

Vegetarians tend to form significantly fewer calcium oxalate kidney stones than meat eaters. There are a couple of obvious reasons for this. Vegetarian diets include more bulk and phytate which lowers the absorption rate of calcium.

And, vegetable protein contains fewer sulpur-rich amino acids than animal protein - and those amino acids promote calcium excretions. So it's a good idea to increase fibre and phytate sources in your diet, such as root vegetables... And to cut back on meat if you suffer with kidney stones.

Sugar and salt can also increase the excretion of calcium and oxalate in the urine. It's also a good idea then to limit, if not completely eliminate, sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet, and cut back a bit on salt.

Preventing uric acid kidney stones...

Calcium oxalate isn’t the only type of kidney stone. The less common type is uric acid kidney stones.

But just as with the calcium oxalate type, cutting back your intake of animal protein while increasing bulk and fibre in your diet can help prevent their formation.

And, in addition to sugar, fructose can also increase uric acid excretion in the urine. Eating whole fruit doesn’t cause this problem but drinking fruit juice or drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup does (these include fizzy drinks).

So, in summary, if you suffer with kidney stones, limit your intake of meat, sugar, salt and fruit juice. Increase your dietary fibre. And, supplement with 10,000 units of vitamin A, 300mg of magnesium citrate and 100mg of vitamin B6 each day.

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