Vegetable Oils May Make Your CIDP Worse
Vegetable oils have dramatically increase in use, but they may be making autoimmune diseases like CIDP worse.
By Shiraz Abbas
In recent decades, the use of vegetable oils has risen dramatically. We either use them to fry our foods or use them in our salads. They are not only high in calories, but they may be making your CIDP symptoms worse.
Vegetable oils are not natural, they are intensely processed products. They are either mechanically or chemically extracted, stripped of their nutrients and mixed with a corrosive called sodium hydroxide. They are then bleached with chlorophyll, deodorized and then hydrogenated if they need to be solidified (like in the case of margarine).
Vegetable oils are very unhealthy and have been linked to an increased risk of cancer. But in terms of CIDP, which is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disease, vegetable oils have been known to make autoimmune diseases and inflammation worse. First, the fact that vegetable oils are bleached with chlorophyll is a problem as this substance is highly inflammatory in the body. If you are already suffering from chronic inflammation, consuming this product is not a good idea.
Second, vegetable oils contain high amount of omega 6s. Although omega 6 is needed in the body, the imbalance of fatty acids that the oil provides is highly inflammatory and can promote autoimmune diseases in the body such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s, inflammatory bowel diseases and yes, potentially CIDP.
Take a look at what the following study has to say:
However, the increased consumption of omega-6 or a vegetable source of oils and decreased omega-3 intake may increase in vivo the production of free radicals and higher proinflammatory cytokines.
Our ongoing studies reveal that proinflammatory vegetable oil could increase autoimmune disease by increasing the free radical formation by decreasing the antioxidant enzyme mRNA levels, thereby further decreasing immune function, particularly the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-2 and TGF beta mRNA levels.
In contrast, omega-3 lipid intake in the presence of an antioxidant supplement appears to exert protection against autoimmunity by enhancing antioxidant enzymes and TGF beta mRNA levels and by preventing the rise in oncogene expression.
Having too much of an imbalance in omega 6s produces free radicals which play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammation which in our interest underlies the disease of CIDP neuropathy. In an earlier article, we saw how free radicals could play a role in CIDP.
Our recommendation is to speak to a dietitian and see what kind of oils are healthier for you to use. There is a general recommendation that oils such as avocado oil, or butter (cooked at low temperatures) may be less hazardous to your health than conventional vegetable oils.
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.