Food And Nutrition

Home Dialysis Central has pulled together this selection of helpful products for dialysis patients. Select a category to show only those related products. Do you have a product that you think could be useful for dialysis patients? Fill out this form to add it to our list.

Please note: we do not sell any of these products! You must contact the company that makes them for price and order details. You will find contact info for each company under each product.

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Pre-Protein®

Pre-Protein® Pre-Protein® Pre-Protein®

Pre-Protein® is a line of predigested liquid protein supplements with Pre-Protein® 20 providing the industry's highest protein concentration at 20 grams of protein per ounce (30 mL). Pre-Protein® supplies all essential and non-essential amino acids and contains no-sugar, no-fat, and no-carbohydrates.

Pre-Protein® 20 features:

  • Industry's highest protein concentration (20 grams per oz.)
  • 80 calories per serving (1 oz.)
  • No sugar, no fat, no carbohydrates
  • Supplies all essential and non-essential amino acids
  • Dye-free, gluten-free, lactose-free
  • Ready to use, no mixing required
  • Predigested protein guarantees maximum absorption
  • Ideal for patients with fluid-volume restrictions
  • Ideal for patients with low albumin levels
  • Less than 5mg potassium and less than 10mg phosphorous per oz.
  • Available in 16 oz. bottle, 1 oz. bottle, and 1 oz. easy-open packets
  • Great mango flavor

Pre-Protein® Original is our original predigested liquid protein supplements released in 1976. Pre-Protein® Original providing 15 grams of protein per ounce (30 mL). Pre-Protein® supplies all essential and non-essential amino acids and contains no-sugar, no-fat, and no-carbohydrates.

Pre-Protein® Original features:

  • 15 grams of protein per oz.
  • 60 calories per serving (oz.)
  • No sugar, no fat, no carbohydrates
  • Supplies all essential and non-essential amino acids
  • Dye-free, gluten-free, lactose-free
  • Ready to use, no mixing required
  • Predigested protein guarantees maximum absorption
  • Ideal for patients with fluid-volume restrictions
  • Ideal for patients with low albumin levels
  • Less than 5mg potassium and less than 10mg phosphorous per oz.
  • Available in 16 oz. bottle, 1 oz. bottle, and 1 oz. easy-open packets
  • Available in cherry and peach flavors

Pre-Protein® Tablets provide patients with 1 gram of protein per tablet and supply all essential and non-essential amino acids. No-sugar, no-fat, no-carbohydrates. Available in a 90 ct. bottle.

Visit www.Pre-Protein.com and request samples, both for patients and medical professionals.

Contact Info

KN Distributors
13192 SW 130th Ter, Ste 105
33186
Phone: (786) 732-4266

Pack-m-Ups™

Pack-m-Ups™

Pack-m-Ups™ are a new kind of pill organizer and medication reminder. They are convenient and easy to use, and they work well as a daily, weekly, or monthly pill organizer.

Pack-m-Ups use a secure press-and-seal closure that makes it easy to open and close the moisture-resistant pill compartments. Pack-m-Ups are perforated so you can use them connected as a weekly pill organizer, or separate them to carry just what you need for the day.

Pack-m-Ups are made from a durable, flexible, and transparent material, so you can view your medications at a glance. And, you can personalize the write-on surface with a pen or marker to remind yourself of the day and time to take your pills. So, leave your pill box at home and use Pack-m-Ups when you are out and about, at work, shopping, or on extended business or pleasure travel.

Contact Info

MedActionPlan.com, LLC
P.O. Box 430
07977
Phone: 800-543-2230 (toll-free)

VitalRenew™

VitalRenew™

VitalRenew™ is an anti-aging formula designed to support healthy mitochondrial function, protect cells against free radical damage, and provide increased energy.

L-carnitine is an amino acid-derived compound necessary for transport of long chain fatty acids as fuel into the mitochondria. L-carnitine’s central role in muscle function has drawn the attention of clinicians and researchers to clinical applications related to this role and its ability to increase energy. Studies have found feeding older animals L-carnitine results in a return of liver and heart mitochondria to a more youthful state.

Alpha lipoic acid is a highly effective nutritional antioxidant in bolstering cellular and tissue levels of glutathione. As dihydrolipoic acid, alpha lipoic acid is one of very few antioxidant molecules small enough to penetrate the mitochondria directly and protect against age-related mitochondrial decay.

CoQ10 is an antioxidant and is essential for the conversion of the food we eat into energy. Organs that have tremendous energy requirements such as the brain, heart and kidneys, possess much greater numbers of the energy-producing mitochondria and thus need more CoQ10. With age, the level of CoQ10 has been found to decrease, affecting the body’s energy production.

Resveratrol, a polyphenol present in red wine, has been thought to be responsible for the cardiovascular benefits associated with moderate wine consumption. New research suggests that by regulating a gene associated with aging, resveratrol could promote longevity.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact Info

VitalRemedyMD, Inc.
6401 E. Rogers Circle
33487
Phone: 800-770-4360

VitalProteinRx™ Protein Bars

VitalProteinRx™ Protein Bars

With kidney failure, you need high-quality protein to stay healthy and live longer. The best serum albumin (protein) level is 4.0 g/dL or higher. VitalRemedyMD has a new protein supplement that you don’t have to drink—and it tastes great!

VitalProteinRx™ Protein Bars are a state-of-the-art medical food.* Each tasty bar packs 20 grams of bioavailable protein, more than a serving of fish, chicken, or beef.

Designed for people on dialysis, each bar has less than 1 gram of sugar. The Chocolate Brownie bar has just 105 mg sodium, 240 mg potassium, and 10% of your daily phosphorus; the Lemon Zest bar has 140 mg sodium, just 45 mg potassium, and 10% of your phosphorus limit; and the Peanut Butter bar has 230 mg sodium, just 135 mg potassium, and 15% of your daily phosphorus.

*Note: Medical foods must be used by people who are under a doctor’s care.

VitalRemedyMD donates part of the proceeds of these bars to the non-profit Medical Education Institute, Inc., who runs this website.

Contact Info

VitalRemedyMD, Inc.
6401 E. Rogers Circle
33487
Phone: 800-770-4360

Proteinex®

Proteinex® Proteinex® Proteinex®

Proteinex® is a predigested liquid protein that provides a high content of protein (essential and non-essential amino acids) in a small serving size. 2 tablespoons (30 ml) will provide the patient with 15 grams of protein and 60 calories. Tablets provide the patient with 1 gram of protein per tablet. Proteinex® contains:

  • NO sugar, NO fat, NO carbohydrates, and NO phosphorus
  • No lactose or gluten
  • Only 11mg of potassium and 4mg of sodium
  • Ready to use; no mixing required
  • Protein source: hydrolyzed protein collagen
  • Predigested protein is easily absorbed (100%)
  • May be used in patients with fluid restriction
  • Promotes improved albumin levels
  • Supplied in bottles of 8oz, 16oz, 30oz, and 120 Tablets

Proteinex®-18 is a predigested liquid protein that provides a high content of protein (essential and non-essential amino acids) in a small serving size. 2 tablespoons (30 ml) will provide the patient with 18 grams of protein and 72 calories. Proteinex®-18 contains:

  • NO sugar, NO fat, NO carbohydrates, and NO phosphorus
  • No lactose or gluten
  • Only 13mg of potassium and 5mg of sodium
  • Ready to use; no mixing required
  • Protein source: hydrolyzed protein collagen
  • Predigested protein is easily absorbed (100%)
  • May be used in patients with fluid restriction
  • Promotes improved albumin levels
  • Supplied in bottles of 8oz, 16oz, and 30oz

Call Llorens Pharmaceutical at 866-595-5598 to obtain free samples.

Contact Info

Llorens Pharmaceutical International Division
PO Box 720008
33172
Phone: 866-595-5598 (toll-free)

MyMedSchedule™

MyMedSchedule™

MyMedSchedule™ is a great medication reminder and is free! Your personal medication chart clearly shows the times you should take each medicine or supplement, and how much to take. There are even images of your pills so there is no confusion.

You can place a medication chart where you will most need it: either on the refrigerator, or in your bedroom or bathroom. And if you travel, or are just out for the day at work or shopping, you can take the wallet-size MyMedSchedule list with you.

With MyMedSchedule, you even have an easy way to share your medication list with all of your doctors and dentist, and the schedule is readily available in case of an emergency. One MyMedSchedule.com user tells us, "My doctors love it when I bring my chart to each visit so they can quickly see everything I am taking."

Try this free program by going to www.mymedschedule.com. You can start with your current meds, and easily update your medications as often as you need. You can even create a schedule for your other family members.

You can rest easy as your medical information remains secure with MyMedSchedule. Your personal health information is protected by SSL encryption, and will not be redistributed or resold.

Contact Info

MedActionPlan.com, LLC
P.O. Box 430
07977
Phone: 800-543-2230 (toll-free)

KidneyAssist™

KidneyAssist™

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) represent a unique population with regard to nutritional requirements and appropriate supplementation. KidneyAssist™ is a daily multivitamin and mineral formula designed to meet the nutritional needs for a specific state of kidney function.

Limiting simple sugars, maintaining ideal body weight, and keeping sodium intake at reasonably low levels can provide additional kidney support. Attention should also be given to the intake of protein, phosphorus, calcium, and other minerals.

NOTE: This product is available only with physician recommendation.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact Info

VitalRemedyMD, Inc.
6401 E. Rogers Circle
33487
Phone: 800-770-4360

Dialysist®

Dialysist®

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) represent a unique population with regard to nutritional requirements and appropriate supplementation. Dialysist® is a daily multivitamin and mineral formula designed to meet the nutritional needs for a specific state of kidney function.

Dialysist® provides potent amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid to assist both of the body’s methylation pathways in maintaining healthy homocysteine levels, which is important for heart health. N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is also included to help maintain healthy homocysteine levels and support healthy endothelial function.

NOTE: This product is available only with physician recommendation.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact Info

VitalRemedyMD, Inc.
6401 E. Rogers Circle
33487
Phone: 800-770-4360

Vital4Cholest™

Vital4Cholest™

Vital4Cholest™ is a powerful combination of four natural ingredients (policosanol, phytosterols, citrus polymethoxylated flavones, and palm tocotrienols) to help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol which include two servings of foods that provide a daily total of at least 0.65g of phytosterol esters or 0.4g of free phytosterols per serving in two meals may reduce the risk of heart disease. A daily serving of Vital4Cholest supplies 800 mg of free phytosterols.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact Info

VitalRemedyMD, Inc.
6401 E. Rogers Circle
33487
Phone: 800-770-4360

Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Blends

Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Blends

Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blends® has been in business since 1983 and has grown to fill a 125,000-square-foot plant, blending and shipping Chef Paul’s dry spices, rubs, bottled sauces, and marinades.

For those who are looking for dialysis-safe, all-natural, no-salt, no-sugar seasoning blends, look no further! They are also no-MSG and gluten-free. Available flavors include Lemon & Cracked Pepper, Sweet & Spicy, Seven Herb, Toasted Onion & Garlic, and Six Spice.

Contact Info

Magic Seasoning Blends
P.O. Box 23342
70183-0342
Phone: 800-457-2857
Website: www.chefpaul.com

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is not only important for proper absorption of calcium and the maintenance of bone health, but also for maintaining healthy joints, a healthy cardiovascular system, and healthy moods. In addition, vitamin D plays an important role in regulating cell division and differentiation and supports immune system function through its effects on macrophages, natural killer cells (NK), and T cells. Scientific data indicate that vitamin D also has a role in helping to maintain breast, prostate, colon, and kidney health.

Vitamin D is not found naturally in many foods. In fact, most of the vitamin is produced as D3 in our bodies by the action of sunlight on 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin. As people age, they often lose the ability to make vitamin D.

Low levels of vitamin D are common, especially in older people and those living in the northern latitudes. Supplementing with vitamin D3 becomes critical. A recent review in the New England Journal of Medicine criticized current recommended intakes for vitamin D for being inadequate, suggesting they be increased to at least 800 IU of vitamin D3 per day. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is preferred to vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), as it has been shown to raise blood levels 70% better than D2.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact Info

VitalRemedyMD, Inc.
6401 E. Rogers Circle
33487
Phone: 800-770-4360

VitalOils1000™

VitalOils1000™

Numerous studies associate a diet rich in Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) with multiple health benefits, especially better cardiovascular health. In fact, the FDA permits the following qualified health claim: "Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA + DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease." Because of increased evidence for the cardiovascular benefits of fish oils, the American Heart Association recommends that those with heart disease consume 1000 mg (1 gram) of EPA+DHA per day. For patients who need to lower triglycerides, they recommend 2 to 4 grams of EPA+DHA per day provided as capsules under a physician’s care.

VitalOils1000™ is the first and only omega-3 fish oil product with a full 1,000 mg of DHA + EPA in a single enteric coated soft gel. The DHA to EPA ratio is 3:1 in order to provide us with what we typically get in eating healthful fish, such as salmon. It is enteric coated for enhanced absorption and easier digestion; those who experience upset stomach and nausea with fish oil supplements should find VitalOils1000 easy to digest and free from the fishy aftertaste. Individually sealed for freshness and purity, VitalOils1000 is molecular and fractionally distilled to remove mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, dioxins, furans, and other heavy metals and toxins. Rosemary extract and vitamin C are added for antioxidant protection.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact Info

VitalRemedyMD, Inc.
6401 E. Rogers Circle
33487
Phone: 800-770-4360

Mom's Meals NourishCare – Home Delivered Renal-Friendly Meals

Mom's Meals NourishCare – Home Delivered Renal-Friendly Meals

Simplify meal planning with Mom's Meals NourishCare...fully-prepared, renal-friendly meals delivered directly to your home.

Our Renal-Friendly Menu is designed by renal dietitians to support the unique nutritional needs recommended for most patients with kidney disease who are on hemodialysis, home dialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

  • Meals are prepared by our chef to taste great and are fresh-delivered in our "fresh-lock" packaging. They will stay ready-to-eat in the refrigerator for 14 days. No need to freeze. Just microwave for 2 minutes or less and enjoy!
  • Long-Term meal support is available through many government funded programs, for those who qualify. Ask your health plan or case manager at your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
  • For those who do not qualify for assistance, you may enjoy the convenience and nutrition of our meals through our Independent Care Program for just $6.49/meal.

Mom's Meals NourishCare is committed to improving health through nutrition and has been providing nutrition solutions nationwide for over 14 years.

Patients should always consult with their attending Registered Dietitian or physician before starting any nutritional program. Mom's Meals does not claim to treat or cure any disease and is not a substitute for medication.

Contact Info

Mom's Meals NourishCare
3210 SE 72nd Street
50021
Phone: 1-877-508-6667

Proferrin® ES Heme Iron Polypeptide

Proferrin® ES Heme Iron Polypeptide

Iron Supplement. Each tablet contains 12 mg elemental iron as heme iron polypeptide. Available in 30- or 90-tablet bottles.

Unique and Different:

  • GI tolerability comparable to IV iron 1*
  • Maintains iron in Dialysis Patients 1*

1Nissenson, et. al. AJKD 2003; 42:325-330 (data on file)

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Contact Info

Colorado Biolabs, Inc.
Phone: 888-442-0067 (toll-free)