No More Kidney Stones – Book Review

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Anyone can suffer from kidney stones, but there are people who are particularly at risk of developing stones. No More Kidney Stones: The Experts Tell You All You Need to Know about Prevention and Treatment is a book that will help you understand the causes and provide you with the information you need to make the right dietary and lifestyle choices in order to eliminate painful kidney stones forever. Written by Dr. John S, Rodman, Dr. R. Ernest Sosa, and registered dietitian Cynthia Seidman, this book serves as a guide to help you treat kidney stones and prevent recurrences.
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Kidney Stones and Cranberry Juice

cranberry-juiceCranberry juice is often recommended to prevent (and even to help treat) urinary tract infections. If it is good for kidney infections, is cranberry juice also recommended to prevent or treat kidney stones?

The short answer is no, cranberry juice should not be your first choice of beverage if you are susceptible to kidney stones. Although cranberry juice may provide some protection against brushite stones, a fairly rare type of kidney stone, it increases the chances of forming calcium oxalate stones, the most common type of kidney stone. (Source: Journal of Urology, August 2005)

Cranberry juice increased the amount of oxalate in the urine, without the potentially protective effect of increasing urinary citrate, as orange juice has been shown to do.

Water is the best beverage for anyone who wishes to prevent kidney stones (or is trying to pass a stone). If you want to drink juice, most people who are susceptible to kidney stones may benefit from drinking orange or lemon juices; however, cranberry juice should be drunk in moderation, if at all.