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Lemon Juice & Lemonade for Kidney Stone Prevention or Treatment

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Can lemon juice or lemonade reduce my chances of getting kidney stones?
Lemon juice for kidney stones? -- glass of lemon juice and lemons
Answer:
Yes, lemon juice can help reduce the risk of kidney stones. However, research suggests that other beverages, or supplements, may be preferable. Be aware that cranberry juice (promoted to help with urinary tract infections) contains moderately high levels of oxalates, which may increase the risk of kidney stones. Sign in for the details >>

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COMMENTS

Brian A.11432   November 28, 2016
Lemon juice is working for me. Kidney stone free for 2 1/2 years after 2 straight years with a stone. Drank cranberry juice and took cranberry pills for 5 years before and feel
that at least was a contributor to getting them in the first place.

Symptoms of gout have been almost non-existent as well which is why I was drinking the cranberry juice to start with. I mix about 1 to 1 1/2 oz juice in with tang in the AM and water at supper.

I like the body PH lowering effects in concept as well.

Jack11429   November 27, 2016
So where does the taking of calcium citrate fit into this picture?

ConsumerLab.com   November 28, 2016
As kidney stones are partially composed of calcium, calcium supplements are generally not recommended. You should, however, try to get adequate calcium from your diet, as this helps reduce oxalate in urine, and oxalate is a component of kidney stones.


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