Your kidneys work very hard every day. Why not give them some love through the food you eat? Did you know that purple or blue foods are nature’s best kidney healing foods?
They are bursting with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing phytonutrients, called anthocyanidins, to heal your kidneys naturally. This powerful antioxidant is what gives these foods their purple or blue color.
Having purple or blue foods on your plate at least once a day will not only improve your kidney health, but will keep your blood vessels healthy, prevent ageing, improve short-term memory, and may help prevent several types of cancer
1. Purple Cabbage
Cabbage is a master healer as it comes to protecting your gut and kidneys. Purple cabbage makes a tasty and quite sweet kidney healing juice compared to its green brother, which has more bitter aftertaste. Next to its kidney healing properties, purple cabbage is loaded with fiber, folic acid, vitamin B6, C, and K.
Kidney Healing Cabbage Juice: juice ¼ green apple, 3 cups purple cabbage, and 1 head fennel.
Blueberries are amongst the most nutrient-dense food sources out there. They work great in smoothies, cereal, raw refrigerator jams, and muffins. Or opt for fresh unsweetened blueberry juice to give your kidneys a break.
3. Black Plums
Black plums contain more protective antioxidants than red. Pick the ones that are darkest in color, as they will contain the most antioxidants. To make a healing summer treat, pit and freeze plums and puree them for a quick and healing plum sorbet.
Just as blueberries, blackberries are loaded with antioxidants to improve kidney health. Use them in smoothies or as a topping on your cereal or oatmeal.
Beets help to pre-filter the blood, reduce stress on the kidneys, and help prevent or dissolve calcium oxalate stones. Check out my previous article for a kidney and liver cleansing juice recipe.
6. Black or Kidney Beans
Its kidney shape and name already suggest which organ will benefit most by adding these to your diet on a regular basis. They have been used for ages as an effective remedy to reduce and prevent kidney stones.
Black bean kidney tonic: boil the pods in purified water in a slow cooker for about 6 hours. Strain the liquid, let cool, and drink throughout the day.
7. Blue Grapes
Red or dark purple colored grapes contain the most healing antioxidants to prevent oxidation, formation of blood cloths, inflammation, and help your kidneys to work more efficiently.
8. Other Purple Or Blue Kidney-Friendly Foods
- Black Quinoa
- Black or dark purple Rice
- Purple Corn
- Purple Carrots
- Purple sweet potato
Your kidneys love blue and purple food. So add more color to your plate and heal your kidneys and whole body from the inside out.
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- Blueberries protect your kidneys by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.
- Long-term intake of anthocyanin through diet affects antioxidant enzyme activity and expression, and enhances oxidative markers.
- Phenolic compounds and bioactivities of pigmented rice.
- Maize purple plant pigment protects against fluoride-induced oxidative damage of liver and kidney