Baking Soda Said to be Good for Kidney Health

by Rajashri on  July 17, 2009 at 7:53 PM Research News
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An upcoming study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) says that a daily dose of sodium bicarbonate—baking soda, already used for baking, cleaning, acid indigestion, sunburn, and more—slows the decline of kidney function in some patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD).
 Baking Soda Said to be Good for Kidney Health
Baking Soda Said to be Good for Kidney Health

"This cheap and simple strategy also improves patients' nutritional status, and has the potential of translating into significant economic, quality of life, and clinical outcome benefits," comments Magdi Yaqoob, MD (Royal London Hospital).

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The study included 134 patients with advanced CKD and low bicarbonate levels, also called metabolic acidosis. One group received a small daily dose of sodium bicarbonate in tablet form, in addition to their usual care. For this group, the rate of decline in kidney function was greatly reduced—about two-thirds slower than in patients. "In fact, in patients taking sodium bicarbonate, the rate of decline in kidney function was similar to the normal age-related decline," says Yaqoob.

Rapid progression of kidney disease occurred in just nine percent of patients taking sodium bicarbonate, compared to 45 percent of the other group. Patients taking sodium bicarbonate were also less likely to develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring dialysis.

Patients taking sodium bicarbonate also had improvement in several measures of nutrition. Although their sodium levels went up, this didn't lead to any problems with increased blood pressure.

Low bicarbonate levels are common in patients with CKD and can lead to a wide range of other problems. "This is the first randomized controlled study of its kind," says Yaqoob. "A simple remedy like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), when used appropriately, can be very effective."

The researchers note some important limitations of their study—there was no placebo group and the researchers were aware of which patients were receiving sodium bicarbonate. "Our results will need validation in a multicenter study," says Yaqoob.

Source: Eurekalert

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I would like to hear more about Baking soda tablets being used for Kidney disease. My mom already uses alkaline water which has helped her....where would one find baking soda tablets without aluminum in them. Would aluminum free baking soda work just as well? Also , would baking soda baths help?
It is amazing that Kidney disease has compounded throughout the years, what is the it perhaps the way our food crops and animals used for food are fed, that is Genetically modified food, pesticides, plastic used in storage of foods, herbicides, etc.....What about our water treatment plants, what is going on there we need to know about...Our diets have a great deal to do with it I am sure....Animals raised for food are not fed the same way in days gone by, they too have their food altered..Also , I bought a garden hose that was made in California and it had a warning on it that it should not be used for drinking from: I thought that odd since people buy them to water their farm animals and gardens, is there things we need to be made aware of concerning that too.....I would like any input, websites you may know of that would help in understanding this issue.....thanks for listening...CG...

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