Some recent experimentation has revealed some very positive results regarding the use of sodium bicarbonate in the fight against kidney disease. Although not confirmed, early research has suggested that this simple, household good could possibly contribute to a reduction in the progress of kidney disease.
This seemingly humble product is turning out to be one of those multi-tasking phenomena that has an endless array of very functional applications. It has come a far way from its intended use in actual baking and is now used in everything from cleaning to acid indigestion and teeth whitening. This most recent finding has added to the list with possibly one of its most powerful and significant uses- it could literally save the lives of kidney disease patients. In fact, the study has shown that the baking powder is so effective it could possibly even eradicate the need for kidney machines.
The study monitored kidney disease patients who were given a small dose of the baking product on a daily basis, versus patients who did not receive the baking soda. The results were quite astonishing with over 60% of the baking soda recipients showing a decreased rate of decline in their kidney function versus those who did not receive the baking soda.
Researchers have attributed the results to the fact that the baking soda had an anti-inflammatory effect on the kidneys. This does not mean that the product has anti-inflammatory properties as such, but rather limited the production of ammonia, which is known to inflame the organs of kidney disease patients.
Obviously additional research is required, however, should these results prove consistent over further studies, this could be one of the most cost-effective and useful treatment methods on the market. Expensive, painful and tedious dialysis procedures will be reduced, thus increasing the quality of life for kidney patients.
This is a very exciting time for kidney research, and with the estimated millions of Briton living with the threat of kidney disease, this finding could not have come sooner. Kidney research experts are sure to be monitoring any further findings quite closely in the coming months.