Health Benefits of Kale for CIDP and Neuropathy
Kale can be a powerful ally in fighting neuropathy and CIDP type neuropathy. Kale can be an ideal inclusion into your diet.
By Shiraz Abbas
Kale is one of the most powerful greens you can consume. Kale provides nutrients that not only help with healthy digestion, skin, hair and bones, diabetes, cancer, blood pressure, asthma or even heart disease, but also neuropathy and CIDP type neuropathy.
An important component of kale is a type of anti-oxidant called “alpha-lipoic acid” which makes your body more sensitive to insulin, lowers your levels of glucose and thus reduces the stress from diabetes. As kale also contains fiber, its fiber can lower glucose levels in diabetics and thus improve their blood sugar.
Kale’s antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid stands powerfully against diabetes and as a result, studies have shown that this particular antioxidant decreases peripheral neuropathy or even autonomic neuropathy in people with diabetes.
Kale is also anti-inflammatory. It is very high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K. Omega-3 has been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and just a few calories (100 to be precise) is enough to deliver 30% of your recommended omega-3 intake. Vitamin K is also a powerful agent in regulating your body’s inflammation. For those people with CIDP type neuropathy, kale can be a very helpful element in a CIDP diet. So you can think of kale has holding a triple-combo punch for both diabetic neuropathy and CIDP neuropathy.
Remember that everything should be taken in moderation. Too much of anything is not good for you. Kale has a lot of fiber and it may disturb people with IBD (irritable bowel disease) like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Too much kale can also affect thyroid function.
If you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor before consuming kale at regular levels.
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.