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Eat Peanuts to Prevent Kidney Disease

  • Resveratrol in peanuts is linked to prevention of cancer, aging, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and now chronic kidney disease (CKD). 
  • Resveratrol’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties may prevent the progression of CKD. 

Resveratrol, Found in Peanuts, May Also Help Chronic Kidney Disease 

Recent research from Harvard showed peanut and nut consumption can help prevent death from all causes, including major chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, respiratory disease, infection, and kidney disease.1 Resveratrol, a phytochemical found in peanuts, has been shown to be a potential compound protecting peanut-eaters against CKD.
 
“Resveratrol supplementation could represent a promising therapy to attenuate the progression of CKD,” writes Denise Mafra, Professor of Clinical Nutrition at Federal Fluminense University in Niteroi, Brazil. Their article, “Resveratrol: Why is it a Promising Therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients?” which is published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity sought to determine whether resveratrol is beneficial for patients with CKD.
 
This study suggests that resveratrol may alter DNA in ways that promote anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. Inflammation and oxidative stress drive the progression of CKD as well as other chronic diseases. Resveratrol has long been studied for its benefits in treating cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.2
 
Resveratrol is only found in a few foods, including peanuts, mulberries, grape skins and wine. Eating a handful of peanuts everyday provides more resveratrol than a glass of red wine.3

  1. Bao Y, Han J, Hu FB et al. Association of nut consumption with total and cause-specific mortality. N Engl J Med. 2013;369:2001-11.  
  2. Catalgol B, Batirel S, Taga Y and Ozer NK. Resveratrol: French paradox revisited. Front Pharmacol. 2012;3:141.
  3. Chen CY, Blumberg JB. Phytochemical composition of nuts. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17 Suppl 1:329-32.
Peanuts, Resveratrol, and Kidney Disease