Bananas and CIDP

Bananas May Help with CIDP

CIDP is an autoimmune disease characterized by the inflammation of the peripheral nerves. Bananas may help reduce CIDP symptoms due to their anti-inflammatory properties.

By Shiraz Abbas

Bananas don’t have a good reputation. They’re known as being starchy, sugary and full of carbs. Many people suggest that bananas should be avoided for all sorts of reasons, the most common reason being for weight gain. There is also a myth that bananas lead to inflammation which is a big no-no for people with CIDP. But recent research is showing that bananas play a role in fighting inflammation rather than causing it; good news for people who suffer from CIDP type neuropathy.

CIDP is a neurological and autoimmune disease characterized by an inflammation of the nerves. Persistent inflammation damages the peripheral nerves which often result in pain, numbness, tingly feelings and difficulty moving. The only treatment known to treat and possibly cure CIDP is IVIG infusion. However, how we manage our stress and eating habits may also contribute to our healing. Bananas seem to be one of those foods that may help.

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Bananas contain nutrients called “phytochemicals” which may help prevent inflammation. A medium banana contain quite a lot of flavonoids. Flavanoids are antioxidants that may fight inflammation and may even prevent cancer. Bananas also contain magnesium which may also help lower the risk of inflammation. Bananas are also good in that the support good digestive health and especially the good bacteria in the gut. A healthy digestive system is critical for a proper functioning immune system.

By reducing inflammation in the body and particularly in the nerves, bananas may help reduce the damaging effects of CIDP neuropathy. Please consult your doctor on how much bananas you should consume.

Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.

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