Can Mushrooms Help with CIDP Symptoms?
It’s usually the greens that get the good reputation for health, but mushrooms are beginning to take the spotlight when it comes to inflammation and inflammatory diseases like CIDP.
By Shiraz Abbas
For the last few weeks I’ve been trying to go on a diet and lose weight. Now one thing that I love a lot is having eggs in the morning. I don’t think eggs are particularly bad, but the struggle that I have is that I can’t eat them alone. I always like to add meat or meat substitutes on the side.
The problem with meat substitutes is that they are full of unfermented soy which can be highly inflammatory let alone being processed. If you suffer from a chronic inflammatory disease like CIDP, eating unfermented soy may be something that you want to revisit.
My dilemma seems to have been resolved after watching my wife eat her eggs with cooked mushrooms. I tried it out and it was simply amazing, just add a little lemon pepper spice and you have something that feels like meat when eating it.
But the good news doesn’t end there. Mushrooms are known as some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods that are out there. I’ve written a lot about anti-inflammatory foods, but it seems that the edible mushrooms, especially white mushrooms, that you find in your grocery store are the most powerful and this spells good news if you suffer from CIDP, the chronic inflammatory disease of the nerves!
Here is a summary of a recent study that came out in March of 2018 on the benefits of mushrooms:
Mushrooms have been used extensively, owing to their nutritional and medicinal value, for thousands of years. Modern research confirms the therapeutic effect of traditionally used species. Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system to damaging factors, e.g. physical, chemical and pathogenic. Deficiencies of antioxidants, vitamins, and microelements, as well as physiological processes, such as aging, can affect the body’s ability to resolve inflammation.
We know how environmental and dietary factors can damage our immune system. This is why people who suffer from CIDP tend to come at a later age. But here is what mushrooms can do:
Mushrooms are rich in anti-inflammatory components, such as polysaccharides, phenolic and indolic compounds, mycosteroids, fatty acids, carotenoids, vitamins, and biometals. Metabolites from mushrooms of the Basidiomycota taxon possess antioxidant, anticancer, and most significantly, anti-inflammatory properties. Recent reports indicate that edible mushroom extracts exhibit favourable therapeutic and health-promoting benefits, particularly in relation to diseases associated with inflammation. In all certainty, edible mushrooms can be referred to as a “superfood” and are recommended as a valuable constituent of the daily diet.
The critical point with CIDP is that it is ultimately an inflammatory problem, namely the inflammation of the peripheral nerves which damages them. In addition to the medicine you take, mushrooms can help reduce inflammation the body.
Now the question is, what kind of mushrooms should I take? There are plenty of kinds in the grocery store. Here is what Dr. Greger has to say:
What about blocking the inflammation stage that follows the buildup of cholesterol? Researchers at Arizona State studied the ability of various mushrooms to do just that. They took the lining of a human artery, soaked it overnight with either nothing—the control group—or shitake mushrooms, crimini mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, maitake mushrooms, or plain white button mushrooms. Which mushroom worked best to decrease the expression of adhesion molecules? As I show in my 2-min. video Making Our Arteries Less Sticky the answer is that plain white mushrooms worked the best! The cheapest, most convenient to find mushroom appeared to suppress inflammation the best.
Yes, those cheap and standard white mushrooms you find on the shelf are the best kind.
Remember that this isn’t supposed to be a cure, but a proper diet of anti-inflammatory foods may help reduce some of your 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.