A daily dose of baking soda could transform the lives of patients with failing kidneys, scientists claim.
A British team says the kitchen product - also known as sodium bicarbonate - can dramatically slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. The household staple, used for baking, cleaning, bee stings and acid indigestion, is so effective it could prevent patients from needing dialysis, the results show.
Study leader Magdi Yaqoob, Professor of Renal Medicine at the Royal London Hospital, said: 'It's amazing. This is the first randomised controlled study of its kind. A simple remedy like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), when used appropriately, can be very effective.'
Around three million people in the UK suffer from chronic kidney disease. The condition ranges in severity from a mild degree of poor functioning to complete kidney failure. Seriously affected patients may have to spend time each day on a dialysis machine which takes over the function of the kidneys.