The Multiple Benefits of Whey Protein for CIDP
Whey protein is not just for working out, studies have shown that it is important anti-inflammatory effects. This is good news for people who suffer from chronic inflammation like CIDP.
By Shiraz Abbas
When you open your cup of yogurt, you will notice some water on top of it. People have the habit of throwing that water away. Many people do not know that that liquid is not just water but whey.
That whey water is a concentrated liquid that is full of highly nutritious and beneficial protein that also happens to be a powerful anti-inflammatory. This is good news for people who suffer from chronic inflammatory disorders like CIDP.
One of the major culprits behind chronic inflammation is a substance called C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is produced in the liver and is sent through the blood stream. In blood tests, it is considered to be a marker of inflammation.
A relatively recent study in 2005 showed that the intaking high doses of whey protein can reduce CRP in the blood.
The study concluded that
Meta-regression analysis revealed that the baseline CRP level was a potential effect modifier of whey supplementation in reducing CRP. In conclusion, our meta-analysis did not find sufficient evidence that whey and its derivates elicited a beneficial effect in reducing circulating CRP. However, they may significantly reduce CRP among participants with highly supplemental doses or increased baseline CRP levels.
In other words, although low intake of whey protein may not have been that beneficial, higher doses did have a noticeable effect in reducing inflammation. This is important information for people who suffer from CIDP as it is a chronic inflammatory disorder.
Whey protein often comes in the form of protein powder which is quite concentrated. Remember that not all whey protein is created equal. Many of these proteins are mixed in with artificial additives, sugars and inflammatory sweeteners which may cancel out the benefits of the protein itself.
If you buy whey protein, make sure to buy it in its concentrate and not isolate form (isolate is too processed and stripped of its nutrients). Also make sure that the protein does not have added sugar and other artificial and harmful additives.
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.