Soothing CIDP With Nuts?

Nuts can go a long way in helping you with chronic inflammatory diseases like CIDP, but they only work when junk is also taken out of the diet.

By Shiraz Abbas

As we do every week, we write about nutritional guidance that may help with CIDP symptoms. In 2016, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that regular and healthy consumption of nuts helped with reducing inflammation in the body. The concluded the following:

frequent nut consumption was associated with a healthy profile of inflammatory biomarkers.

Since CIDP is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease, this is good news for people who suffer from it.

Now, the important question is how did the study go about? How did they reach this conclusion? Health.com summarizes it as follows:

The new analysis looked at the health records and dietary habits of more than 5,000 men and women taking part in either the Nurses’ Health Study or the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Specifically, researchers wanted to see if people who ate more nuts had fewer markers for inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and Interleukin 6 (IL6), in their blood. (Both of these compounds increase in the body when inflammation is present, and inflammation is known to be a contributor to chronic disease.)

Their hypothesis rang true: They found that people who ate nuts five or more times per week—and people who swapped in three servings of nuts per week in place of red meat, eggs, or refined grains—had lower levels of CRP and IL6 than those who almost never ate nuts.

Although nuts were found to be effective, it is not clear as to why this is the case. The authors of the study said that it could be any factor, including the magnesium, omega 3, fiber or antioxidant contents.

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It is important to note that nuts are usually very dense in calories and nutrition. You do not need to eat a substantial amount in order to get the benefits you need. Eating too many nuts may make you gain weight.

 

What kind of nuts should you eat?

According to research, the best anti-inflammatory nuts are walnuts, peanuts, almonds and pistachios.  Walnuts seem to play the most powerful role in helping with chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases like CIDP. Look at what arthritis.org has to say about walnuts and inflammatory autoimmune diseases like arthritis:

With their high ALA content, walnuts head the nut pack in omega-3 content, and researchers studying their effects have found they lower C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Eating walnuts regularly can lower cholesterol, relax blood vessels to lessen stress on the heart, and reduce blood pressure.

Try having a handful of nuts a day. Remember that combining junk foods with healthy foods won’t do much for you. When adding good things like nuts to your diet, it is equally if not more important to also remove the kinds of foods that may be making you sick.

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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