Oxalates and Proven Natural Medicine

How oxalates can cause pain

Oxalates (ethanedioate) are chemical compounds that are found naturally in certain plants.

If you suffer from kidney stones or any type of pain such as fibromyalgia, you may be sensitive or reacting to the oxalates found in these plants. If you have kidney stones or are missing a portion of your intestinal tract or simply have trouble with digesting fats, then you may need to follow a low oxalate diet.

How do Oxalates cause Pain?

When oxalate compounds are bound to calcium for example, they form needle shaped crystals. Try to picture a crystal and visualise the pointy sharp needles it has. These sharp needles are what’s causing pain whether it be through your intestinal tract or your muscles (as seen in fibromyalgia).

Ingesting large doses of calcium oxalates can cause kidney and liver damage if not death. In small doses ingestion can cause burning and swelling of the mouth and throat.

Over time in very small doses, these crystals can cause kidney stones and muscle pain.

What can I do to reduce the oxalates in my diet?

Firstly, without eliminating oxalates, you need to make sure your intestinal system is in good health. For example, if you have a yeast overgrowth ,this overgrowth helps to produce oxalates. We don't want this...

Secondly if you are taking supplements such as calcium, make sure they are citrate based (Calcium Citrate) as this helps to bind the oxalates and eliminate them.

Thirdly, supplement with probiotics, the lactic acid in probiotics also binds to the crystals and helps to eliminate them.

What are the oxalate foods I need to eliminate?

Below is a list of foods high in oxalates. Depending on your situation, you need to either totally avoid them or only eat in small amounts.


• Tea

• Chocolate milk

• Cocoa


• Wheat germ

• Wheat bran

• Sweet potatoes

• Soybeans

• Fruitcake


• Beans

• Beetroot

• Celery

• Chives

• Cucumbers

• Eggplant

• Green peppers

• Leeks

• Kale

• Okra

• Parsley

• Spinach

• Squash

• Watercress

• Tomato soup

• Vegetable soup

• Berries of all kinds

• Currants

• Lemon and lime peels

• Marmalade

• Purple grapes

• Rhubarb

• Tangerine

• Juices from these fruits

• Peanut butter

• Baked beans in sauce

• Tofu

• Carob

• Chocolate

• Nuts inc. almonds, cashews, pecans, peanuts and walnuts

What can I eat?

The following foods have very small amounts of oxalates in them and can safely be eaten from 3 – 5 times a week.


• Spaghetti and tomato sauce

• Cornbread

• Sponge cake


• Apricots

• Black currants

• Cherries

• Cranberry juice

• Grape juice

• Oranges and its juice

• Pears

• Peaches

• Pineapple

• Prunes

• Plums

• Jelly

• Jam


• Sardines


• Asparagus

• Brussel sprouts

• Brocolli

• Carrots

• Corn

• Canned green peas

• Lima beans

• Lettuce

• Parsnips

• Turnips

• Tomato

What foods don’t have oxalates in them?

The following list of foods may have a very small amount of oxalates in them but the amounts are so small you can eat as much as you want of them.


• Milk

• Lemonade

• Buttermilk

• Lemon or lime juice


• Same as listed above in the moderate group


• Avocado

• Cabbage

• Cauliflower

• Mushrooms

• Onions

• Peas

• Potatoes

• Radishes


• Beef

• Lamb

• Pork

• Cheese

• Eggs

• Fish and shellfish

• Chicken

• Bacon


• Cereals

• Macaroni

• Noodles

• Rice

• Plain spaghetti

• Bread not made from bran, wheat germ or whole grains

Fats and oils

• Butter

• Margarine

• Mayonnaise

• Salad dressing

• Vegetable oils


• Sugar or sweeteners

• Salt

• Coconut

If you follow a low oxalate diet you may find that your pain, whether it be from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, kidney stones or unexplained, may improve within a short period of time.

If you have unexplained pain that is causing sharp and burning type pain, then you can easily try this diet at home.

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