Benefits of Sweet Potatoes and CIDP
Forget about the bad rep that potatoes get. Sweet potatoes pack a good punch when it comes to inflammatory diseases like CIDP neuropathy.
By Shiraz Abbas
Sweet potatoes are not real potatoes. They belong to a different family of food. Although it may have a bad reputation for its sweetness, a regular sized sweet potato only has 6 grams of sugar. But that’s not what we want to talk about today. Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients and healing affects some of which are pertinent to people who suffer from autoimmune inflammatory diseases like CIDP neuropathy.
Sweet potatoes have three important qualities that can help counter inflammation in the body. First, sweet potatoes contain beta carotene (a cup offers almost 400% of your daily value of beta c) which is what gives it its orange color. Sweet potatoes have different colors. Some are purple because of their cynadin content. Both cynadin and beta carotene are antioxidants, meaning that they fight free radicals in the body that are associated with inflammatory autoimmune diseases like CIDP neuropathy. See our article on Vitamin C and CIDP for more information on the beneficial role of antioxidants.
Some may be concerned about the sugar content of sweet potatoes. We’ve seen how high sugar consumption may be related to some forms of neuropathy. As mentioned earlier, the sugar level is not too much to be concerned with. Regardless, sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index, meaning that its sugar uptake is slower thereby preventing a quick rise in your blood sugar.
Speak to your doctor and see what diet may be of benefit to you when it comes to CIDP neuropathy.
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.