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Nutrition Information

Notes on Protein Nutrition

From the NCI website Guide for Patients and Families:

Proteins: "We need protein for growth, to repair body tissue, and to keep our immune systems healthy. When your body doesn’t get enough protein, it might break down muscle for the fuel it needs. This makes it take longer to recover from illness and can lower resistance to infection. People with cancer often need more protein than usual. After surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, extra protein is usually needed to heal tissues and help fight infection."




Recipes from our kitchen to yours!


Did you know you can put our balanced essential amino acid formula in one of those veggie or fruit drinks or your own homemade smoothie and get your vegetable servings as well as the protein nutrition your body needs?


Recipes for smoothies abound on the Internet, find your favorite and just add a scoop of Nutrasentials Drink Mix in the flavor of your choice or add Nutramine which will thicken your smoothie.


We like to use vanilla yogurt, a frozen banana, a few strawberries (stems and all), a handful of kale and a scoop of Nutrasentials Drink Mix Cherry. Or try orange juice, vanilla yogurt, a frozen banana, some carrots and a scoop of Nutrasentials Drink Mix Orange. Or blend a banana, an avocado, some spinach, some honey with some vegetable juice and a scoop of Nutramine.





Other information

Reference Materials - Amino Acid Supplementation

Abstracts and/or full text can be found in the National Institutes of Health electronic library - PUBMED - Most articles may also be referenced on Web of Science. Some full text articles require a small fee. If you have any problems locating an article please feel free to contact Calwood Nutritionals and we will be happy to assist you.

Amino Acid Supplemented Low Protein Diets in Pre-Dialysis Treatment


Can renal replacement be deferred by a supplemented very low protein diet?

(Walser M, Hill S)

J Am Soc Nephrol 1999 Jan;10(1):110-6


Nutrition and outcome on renal replacement therapy of patients with chronic renal failure treated by a supplemented very low protein diet (Aparicio M, et al)

J Am Soc Nephrol 2000 Apr;11(4):708-716


Treatment of chronic uremic patients with protein-poor diet and oral supply of essential amino acids. Clinical results of long-term treatment. (Noree LO / Bergstrom J)

Clin Nephrol 1975;3(5):195-203


Keto-Acid Therapy in Predialysis Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: Consensus Statements (Aparicio M, et al)

J Renal Nut Sept 2009 Vol 19, Issue 5, Supplement, Pages 533-535


Dialysis Survival after Pre-Dialysis use of Supplemented Low Protein Diet


Effects of a supplemented very low protein diet in pre-dialysis patients on the serum albumin level, proteinuria, and subsequent survival on dialysis (Walser M)

Miner Electrolyte Metab 1998 ;24(1):64-71(1):110-6


Survival on dialysis among chronic renal failure patients treated with a supplemented low-protein diet before dialysis (Coresh J, et al)

J Am Soc Nephrol 1995 Nov;6(5):1379-85


Nutritional status of haemodialysis patients (Aparicio M, et al)

Nephrol Dial Transplant 1999,14,1679-86


Study Reviews


Should protein intake be restricted in pre-dialysis patients? (Walser M, et al)

Kidney Int 1999 Mar;55(3):771-7


Dietary protein restriction and the progression of the chronic renal disease: what have all of the results of the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) study shown? (Levey AS, et al)

J Am Soc Nephrol 1999 Nov;10(11):2426-39


Nutritional considerations and the indications for dialysis (Mitch WE, et al)

Am J Kidney Dis 1998 Jan;31(1):185-9


Is there a role for protein restriction in the treatment of chronic renal failure? (Walser M)

Blood Purification, 2000;18:304-312


Amino Acid Supplemented Low Protein Diets in Nephrotic Syndrome Patients


Treatment of nephrotic adults with a supplemented, very low-protein diet (Walser M, et al)

Am J Kidney Dis. 1996 Sep;28(3):354-64


Amino Acid supplementation after initiation of dialysis


Randomized double-blind trial of oral essential amino acids for dialysis-associated hypoalbuminemia (Eustace J, et al)

Kidney Int, 2000 June 57 (6):2527-2538


Nutritional Therapy in Patients with Chronic Renal Failure (Books)


Daugirdas, John T.; Handbook of Chronic Kidney Disease Management; Wolters Kluwer (



Dr. Walser's Book

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