Top 10 Best herbs to cleanse the kidney

Bean-shaped and located along the posterior side of the abdomen, the kidneys have the heavy responsibility of removing waste and toxins from the bloodstream. These vital organs work with other organs to regulate blood pressure, increase red blood cell production, and synthesise vitamin D. A healthy diet, exercise, and staying hydrated are essential for supporting your kidneys. For a little extra help, consider the following kidney cleansing herbs.



1. Chanca Piedra

Chanca piedra, or “stone breaker,” is a favorite in South America for supporting the kidneys and clinical trials have confirmed the plant’s effectiveness. It’s common in the region and its widespread use has earned it a positive reputation in Ayurvedic medicine as a helpful herb for kidney, bladder, and liver health.

2. Goldenrod

Goldenrod was used extensively among many Native American tribes for promoting urinary tract health. Research has found that the herb tones the urinary tract and is helpful for detoxifying the kidneys. [3]

3. Hydrangea Root

Hydrangea root was popular among Native Americans and early settlers, both of whom used the plant for promoting kidney and bladder health. Hydrangea root acts as a solvent and is thought to smooth the jagged edges of kidney stones. Hydrangea root also appears to help the body properly use calcium, an action that may be helpful for discouraging kidney stones from forming in the first place.

4. Horsetail

Horsetail is a common weed with diuretic properties; it’s helpful for increasing urine output to flush the kidneys and urinary tract. It’s also an antioxidant and offers that realm of benefits to the kidneys and renal system. [5] Whether consumed as a tea or in a capsule, horsetail is a great herb to add to your diet!

5. Celery Root

Both the root and seeds of celery have been used for centuries as a natural diuretic. What positive feature do diuretics have? They can help your body eliminate toxins by increasing urine output. Celery root has long been considered a stimulating tonic for the kidneys as it contains nutrients like potassium and sodium.

6. Gravel Root

Also known as Joe Pye weed, gravel root has a long history of use by Native Americans and early American colonists for promoting kidney and urinary health. Its effectiveness may be partly due to its euparin content — a solvent with potent activity against harmful organisms. This may explain why many believe it’s effective at discouraging infections.

7. Uva-Ursi

Also called “bearberry,” uva-ursi has been used by many cultures. It’s an astringent that can soothe and tone the urinary tract and research has also found evidence to support its traditional use for cleansing the kidneys.

8. Marshmallow Root

As a soothing herb, marshmallow root may calm the tissues of the urinary tract. It’s also a gentle diuretic that encourages urination.

9. Dandelion root

Often mistaken as an annoying weed with no useful purpose, dandelion is actually loaded with benefits — both the leaf and the root. [9] Dandelion root, specifically, is a diuretic and promotes waste elimination.

10. Parsley

A favorite herb among chefs, parsley is an aromatic, flavorful herb commonly used in herbal medicine. As a diuretic, it’s helpful for reducing the build up of toxins in the kidneys and entire urinary tract.

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L. plantarum probiotic shown to help lower cholesterol

An exciting study has explored potential new ways to lower cholesterol, using probiotic bacteria. Raised cholesterol levels, known as Hypercholesterolemia, can pose a significant risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease. Previous studies have been carried out which indicate the role probiotic bacteria may play in improving lipid metabolism, and this study demonstrated the benefits of a particular combination of Lactobacillus plantarum strains.


The study involved three strains of the bacteria Lactobacillus plantarum, CECT 7527, CECT 7528 and CECT 7529, known collectively as AB-Life. A total of 60 people, between the ages of 18-65, took part in the randomised, double-blind placebo controlled study trial study, 30 in the L. plantarum group and 30 forming the placebo group. Half of the group took a daily capsule of the L. plantarum AB-Life strains, and the remaining half took a placebo product for 12 weeks. The group taking the L. plantarum strains observed a significant reduction in total cholesterol levels (TC), of 13.6%.

The AB-Life probiotic group demonstrated strong ability to survive gastrointestinal acidity, and ability to adhere to the gut wall. The combination of CECT 7527, CECT 7528 and CECT 7529 bacteria strains produced significant levels of bile salt hydrolase, which is effective at metabolising bile salts which contain lipids (fat), leading to decreased cholesterol in the blood. In addition these strains have a high ability to incorporate dietary fat into their bacterial cellular surface therefore reducing the absorption of saturated fat from the diet. The bacteria were also shown to create large quantities of both butyric acid and propionic acid, both of which are produced by the anaerobic bacterial fermentation process.

Overall the AB-Life probiotic group, made up of the CECT 7527, CECT 7528 and CECT 7529 bacteria strains, showed fantastic potential for their ability to reduce high blood cholesterol levels.

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L. plantarum is a well studied bacteria species, typically linked to its benefits for helping with IBS. OptiBac Probiotics  like to focus on the specific strains and in this instance the combination of 3 L. plantarum strains have clearly been identified for their ability to help lower cholesterol. The L. plantarum strain associated with IBS is L. plantarum Lp299v, which has been clinically trialled on participants with IBS.

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