Navigation Links
A Glass of Orange Juice To Keep Recurrence Of Kidney Stones At Bay

Researchers at UT South western Medical Centre have found that a glass of orange juice every day could prevent the recurrence of kidney stones than any other citrus juices like lemonade. //

The study that is available online and is to be published in the October. 26 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, indicates though many people are of the assumption that all citrus fruit juices could help prevent the formation of kidney stones, it is not quite true as all do not have the same effect.

Medically managing recurrent kidney stones requires dietary and lifestyle changes as well as treatment such as the addition of potassium citrate, which has been shown to lower the rate of new stone formation in patients with kidney stones.

But some patients can't tolerate potassium citrate because of gastrointestinal side effects, said Dr. Clarita Odvina, assistant professor of internal medicine at the Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research and the study's lead author. In those cases, dietary sources of citrate – such as orange juice – may be considered as an alternative to pharmacological drugs.

'Orange juice could potentially play an important role in the management of kidney stone disease and may be considered an option for patients who are intolerant of potassium citrate,' Dr. Odvina said.

All citrus juices contain citrate, a negatively charged form of citric acid that gives a sour taste to citrus fruits. Researchers compared orange juice and lemonade – juices with comparable citrate contents – and found that the components that accompany the citrate can alter the effectiveness of the juice in decreasing the risk of developing new kidney stones.

Kidney stones develop when the urine is too concentrated, causing minerals and other chemicals in the urine to bind together. Over time, these crystals combine and grow into a stone.

In the U T South western study, 13 volunteers – some with a history of kidney stones and some without – underwent three phases, each lasting one week. Chosen in random order, the phases included: a distilled water or control phase; an orange juice phase; and a lemonade phase. There was a three-week interval between phases.

During each phase, volunteers drank 13 ounces of orange juice, lemonade or distilled water three times a day with meals. They also maintained a low-calcium, low-oxalate diet. Urine and blood samples were taken at intervals during each phase. The study was done at UT South western’s General Clinical Research Center.

Orange juice, researchers found, boosted the levels of citrate in the urine and reduced the crystallization of uric acid and calcium oxalate – the most frequently found ingredient in kidney stones.

But lemonade did not increase the levels of citrate, an important acid neutralizer and inhibitor of kidney stone formation.

'One reason might be the different constituents of various beverages,' Dr. Odvina said.

For instance, the citrate in orange and grapefruit juice is accompanied by a potassium ion while the citrate in lemonade and cranberry juice is accompanied by a hydrogen ion. Ions of hydrogen, but not potassium, counteract the beneficial effects of the high citrate content.

'There is an absolute need to consider the accompanying positive charge [of hydrogen ions] whenever one assesses the citrate content of a diet,' Dr. Odvina said. 'br>

Related medicine news :

1. Short Glasses Make You Drink More
2. A Glass, Half Filled With Water Is Half Full Or Half Empty?
3. Watch Out! Eye Glass Related Injuries On The Rise
4. Efforts To Replace Reading Glasses Are In View
5. Metallic and Glass Objects Retreived from Womens Stomach
6. Cataract Surgery to Eliminate Reading Glasses?
7. Drugs Delivery Revolutionized by Extremely Stable Glass
8. Some Brands of Ready Meals Recalled After Glass Scare
9. Eating Live Crabs Infects 8 In Orange County
10. Mandarin Oranges Reduce Liver Cancer Risk
11. Pass the Orange Tomato Sauce Please
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dr. Todd S. ... offer laser services to many of his patients. Dr. Afferica now uses the BIOLASE ... reduce the amount of time the doctor uses other traditional cutting tools, such as ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Young patients with a wide variety of dental ... Dr. Kedar S. Lele, who are pediatric dentists in Tucson, AZ . Unlike ... iPlus 2.0™ system causes minimal discomfort and bleeding to the patient during treatment and ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... Black Friday sale a week early, offering 40% off select bras and underwear ... apparel industry through both mobile fit technology and the latest fashion, quickly becoming ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading ... health and global clinical supply services, today announced that Dr. Christine Milligan, Global ... Asia Conference, to be held at the InterContinental Seoul COEX Hotel, Seoul, Republic ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 2015 , ... The hospitals and health systems on this ... care. They have received recognition for excellence from various reputable organizations in areas ... Hospital Review selected hospitals for inclusion based on national rankings and awards from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... -- iRhythm Technologies, Inc. , a leading digital health care ... will participate in the 27th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference at ... . Kevin King , Chief Executive Officer of ... 8:50am ET. --> --> ... . --> iRhythm is a privately held ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Mass. , Nov. 24, 2015  Boston Scientific ... in the Oppenheimer 26th Annual Healthcare Conference on December ... Susie Lisa , vice president, Investor Relations, ... host analyst beginning at approximately 8:35 a.m. ET. ... will participate in a 30-minute question-and-answer session with the ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  BioPlast Manufacturing, ... the medical research, clinical diagnostic and biotech environments, ... leading manufacturer of quality petri dishes. This acquisition ... clients a platform of products that are designed ... with the highest quality.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: