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Can I use the superfoods if I have kidney stones, they appear to have a lot of calcium in them?

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3 years ago

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If a Dr. has advised you to reduce calcium consumption, then by all means follow your Dr.'s orders. Calcium reduction usually refers to supplements, not food.

In general, the easiest way to help prevent kidney stones would be to avoid or greatly reduce the consumption of foods high in OXALIC ACID, I understand you don't want to miss out on all the other nutrients packed in those foods. While it isn't 100% full proof, some suggestions to help minimize the potential for stones include: drink plenty of water (fluid) each day 8-13 cups a day - especially before a high oxalic acid meal, avoid calcium supplements (unless a Dr. advised you to) but keep eating calcium-rich foods, keep salt and animal proteins low, and cook your leafy greens.

In addition, you can choose to Blast healthy foods that are low in oxalates.
LOW OXALATE FOODS
Fruits: Apples, avocados, banana, cherries, cranberries, melons (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon), seedless grapes (red and green), peaches, pear, plums.
Vegetables: Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers; iceberg and Romaine lettuce; radishes, mushrooms, onions (yellow and white); squash (zucchini, acorn, and yellow); red sweet peppers, turnips (root), water chestnuts.
Beverages: Spring and filtered water, chamomille tea, ginger ale, beer, apple juice, apple cider.
Grains: White and wild rice; barley.
Herbs and Spices: Basil, cilantro, mustard, nutmeg, white pepper, saffron, tarragon, vanilla, salt.
Nuts, Peas and Seeds: Coconut; black-eyed peas, green peas, and yellow split peas; flax seeds.

Other great resources:
http://www.upmc.com/patients-visitors/education/nutrition/pages/low-oxalate-diet.aspx
A good page from Harvard: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/5-steps-for-preventing-kidney-stones-201310046721
A great PDF of Dietary Changes to Prevent Calcium Oxalate Stones
https://www.med.umich.edu/intmed/nephrology/docs/stones.pdf

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