Shopping List for Chronic Kidney Disease

Below are items which have been demonstrated through scientific or clinical studies to have significant positive effects on chronic kidney disease. These are provided for educational and research purposes only. As always, be mindful of any allergies you may have and consult with your physician before starting any regimen in addition to your prescribed therapy.

  • Chicken, fish, or eggs (in lieu of red meat)
  • Mediterranean diet items (fruits, beans (cannellini, chickpeas, fava, green, kidney and navy), almonds, coucous, lentils, pistachios, quinoa, farro, oats; cinnamon, rosemary, paprika, basil, mint leaves, olive oil, oregano, thyme, vinegar, tahini; salmon, sardines, tuna, chicken, eggs; reduce the following: beef, goat, and lamb)
  • Brazilian green propolis extract
  • Abelmoschus manihot (aibika extract)
  • Polyporus umbellatus (umbrella polypore mushroom)
  • Red sage, redroot sage, Chinese sage, danshen
  • Vidari kanda (Ipomoea digitata)


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Fan HY, Yang MY, Qi D, Zhang ZK, Zhu L, Shang-Guan XX, Liu K, Xu H, Che X. Salvianolic acid A as a multifunctional agent ameliorates doxorubicin-induced nephropathy in rats. Scientific Reports. 2015 Jul 21;5(1):12273.

Hou B, Qiang G, Zhao Y, Yang X, Chen X, Yan Y, Wang X, Liu C, Zhang L, Du G. Salvianolic acid A protects against diabetic nephropathy through ameliorating glomerular endothelial dysfunction via inhibiting AGE-RAGE signaling. Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry. 2018 Dec 18;44(6):2378-94.

Huang X, Jimenez-Moleon JJ, Lindholm B, Cederholm T, Ärnlöv J, Riserus U, Sjögren P, Carrero JJ. Mediterranean diet, kidney function, and mortality in men with CKD. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN. 2013 Sep 9;8(9):1548.

Kalaiselvan A, Anand T, Soundararajan M. Reno productive activity of Ipomoea digitata in gentamicin induced kidney dysfunction. Journal of Ecobiotechnology. 2010 Jun 28;2(2).

Lew QL, Jafar TH, Koh HW, Jin A, Chow KY, Yuan JM, Koh WP. Red meat intake and risk of ESRD. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN. 2017 Jan;28(1):304.

Sun X, Li P, Lin H, Ni Z, Zhan Y, Cai G, Liu C, Chen Q, Wang W, Wang X, Li P. Efficacy and safety of Abelmoschus manihot in treating chronic kidney diseases: A multicentre, open-label and single-arm clinical trial. Phytomedicine. 2022 May 1;99:154011.

Zhao YY, Xie RM, Chao X, Zhang Y, Lin RC, Sun WJ. Bioactivity-directed isolation, identification of diuretic compounds from Polyporus umbellatus. Journal of ethnopharmacology. 2009 Oct 29;126(1):184-7.

Zhao YY, Zhang L, Mao JR, Cheng XH, Lin RC, Zhang Y, Sun WJ. Ergosta-4, 6, 8 (14), 22-tetraen-3-one isolated from Polyporus umbellatus prevents early renal injury in aristolochic acid-induced nephropathy rats. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 2011 Dec;63(12):1581-6.