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Fight CIDP with a Cup of Tea

Alcohol seems to be an almost universal culprit in making CIDP symptoms worse, but green tea seems to have the opposite effect where it may protect and ease CIDP symptoms.

By Shiraz Abbas

A few years ago, my wife said that it’s always good to have a little addiction. If there is an addiction that runs in my family, it’s the addiction to tea.

Now tea has been touted for many of its benefits. Probably the most common benefit that you will see online and on TV is its ability to help you lose weight. But little do people know of tea’s anti-inflammatory effects.

The magic ingredient in tea is something called “polyphenols” which are compounds in a tea that regulate immune and inflammatory responses, meaning that they may help protect or sooth us when it comes to autoimmune and inflammatory diseases like CIDP.

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In an important study, green tea is shown to have protective effects against rheumatoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory autoimmune disease like CIDP. Here is a summary of the study’s results:

The researchers suggest that green tea affects arthritis by causing changes in various arthritis-related immune responses—it suppresses both cytokine IL-17 (an inflammatory substance) and antibodies to Bhsp65 (a disease-related antigen), and increases cytokine IL-10 (an anti-inflammatory substance). Therefore, they recommend that green tea be further explored as a dietary therapy for use together with conventional treatment for managing RA.

In other words, green tea seems to be effective in suppressing substances in the body that are involved in chronic inflammation which are symptomatic of autoimmune diseases like RA and perhaps even CIDP.

In our own Facebook group, we’ve done our own little surveys and we’ve seen how alcohol and high carb diets make CIDP symptoms worse. So try replacing alcohol with something that may have the opposite effect like green or white tea, so that it can help improve your CIDP symptoms.

Now remember that there are many different types of teas. Although all of them have polyphenols, black tea has the least amount whereas green and white teas have the most. Also, make sure not to brew your tea at too high of a temperature.

Green tea should be brewed at between 170-180 F whereas white tea should be between 180-185 F. Brewing it at too high of a temperature may break down the tea’s nutrients.

How much should you drink? Studies show that you can drink from one to five cups a day and see its benefits.

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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