Vitamin Supplements for Kidney Disease Patients
People with kidney disease may not naturally make or be able to get from food certain vitamins and other nutrients. Here are some vitamin supplements that may be right for someone with CKD.
- Vitamin B Complex. There are a number of vitamins grouped together in this category; each with its own job. Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid work with iron to avoid anemia, a drop in the red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Other B vitamins help turn food into energy.
- Iron. Iron can be used to treat anemia so your body gets the oxygen it needs to have energy for the things you want to do.
- Vitamin C. This is used to help various tissue types in your body remain healthy. It also helps your body heal wounds and bruises.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps promote healthy bones, as well as protects against heart disease. People with kidney disease should not take Vitamin D unless it is prescribed by a kidney doctor or other healthcare professional.
Before taking any vitamins or supplements, it is important to speak to your kidney doctor, renal dietitian, or dialysis nurse to make sure you get the vitamins and other nutrients that will keep you healthy and feeling your best.