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Calming CIDP Symptoms with Cherries and Berries

Cherries and berries may target and ease chronic inflammation in the body, particularly in the neurological dimension of the body. If you have CIDP, pay close attention! 

By Shiraz Abbas

As research continues, experts are finding a greater and greater link between chronic inflammation in the body and the kinds of foods we eat. Bad foods make inflammation worse in the body, but good foods can have the opposite effect. As we survey our fellow CIDP patients on our social media, almost all of our members have admitted that their diets play a direct role in their CIDP pain.

To help manage some aspects of CIDP pain and symptoms, it is important to be aware of the foods that can help. In this week’s article we’re going to look over the possible benefits of cherries and berries and how they can help calm CIDP.

Let’s first start with the difference between the two kinds of inflammation, acute and chronic. Acute is the temporary kind of inflammation that helps fight diseases in the body such as infections. Chronic inflammation is the kind of inflammation that doesn’t turn off. When this goes on long enough, it can cause havoc in the body. This is essentially the problem of CIDP, a chronic inflammation of the nerves that never seems to turn off!

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Berries and cherries seem to be one of those foods that specifically target chronic inflammation in the body. Look at what the body of research is now showing:

Blueberries can also help reduce neuron damage caused by oxidation and inflammation, because blueberries’ various chemical compounds have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, according to Ron Mervis, PhD, of the Center for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. About half a cup of blueberries daily is a beneficial serving size. So, whiz them into smoothies, add them in your cereal, or toss in salads.

Cherries also seem to have those powerful effects where even a little tends to go a long way:

Consuming about 45 (280 g) sweet Bing cherries can significantly decrease circulating concentrations of inflammatory biomarkers in the blood.

Anthocyanins, pigments found in both cherries and berries, are powerful antioxidants that work like magic-makers in the body. The darker the fruit, the more anthocyanins it contains, and the better it is for you. Anthocyanins are crammed with anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties.

One of the major reasons for the rise of inflammatory diseases and other immune related problems is because people do not need enough fruits in their diet. Make sure to have an adequate amount of fruits and veggies in your diet in addition to cutting off the junk foods from your life. You would be surprised at how far this can go to calm your CIDP symptoms.

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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