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Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Help Reduce Neuropathy Symptoms

December 8, 2009 Pat Killingsworth 7 Comments

I just finished writing an article about how inflammation can aggravate symptoms of neuropathy in patients undergoing chemotherapy on my other site, www.MultipleMyelomaBlog.Com. Here is a comprehensive list of anti-inflammatory foods I found on BrightHub.Com, written by Cheryl Gabbert:

FRUITS

apples

strawberries

blueberries

acai berries
cantaloupe
pink grapefruit
rhubarb
cranberries
pineapple

VEGETABLES

garlic
broccoli
onions
cabbage
carrots
spinach
sweet potatoes/ yams
collard greens

Anti-Inflammatory Meats/Seafood
Choose grass-fed animal products. Buy organic meats when possible. Choose wild-caught fish over farm-raised.

MEATS/EGGS

duck
goose
flank steak (beef)
sirloin steak
prime rib
wild game meats, like elk, bison, or deer
eggs (vegetarian fed, omega 3, organic)
turkey
quail
pheasants
SEAFOOD

salmon (wild-caught only)
tuna
herring
halibut
oysters
trout
sablefish
anchovies
North Atlantic mackerel

Anti-Inflammatory Fats and Oils
Buy organic oils to avoid pesticides and chemicals in the fats you consume. Choose butter from grass-fed cows, and make it organic. Watch for sugar content in salad dressings, and use them sparingly on salads.

extra virgin olive oil
coconut oil
organic butter
almond oil
Spices:

turmeric
ginger
curry

Anti-Inflammatory Nuts and Seeds
Most nuts and seeds are anti-inflammatory. Be sure to include plenty of them of all types in your diet.

almonds
walnuts
hazelnuts
cashews
macadamia
flaxseeds
sunflower seeds
Anti-Inflammatory Grains and Legumes
Most grains are considered inflammatory, since they are high in carbohydrates, yet low in anti-oxidants. For this reason, grains are to be limited. Avoid corn, hominy, and white rice. The healthiest grains are whole grains. Here are some good choices.

quinoa
steel cut oats
barley
buckwheat
rye
Legumes

garbanzo beans
lentils
dried beans of all types
peas

Anti-Inflammatory Beverages
Steer clear of sodas and sugary juice drinks. Any drink with high fructose corn syrup should also be avoided. The following beverages are the best choices for those on an anti-inflammatory diet.

green tea
filtered water (8 to 10 glasses per day)

black tea
herbal teas

What about avoiding foods which can cause inflammation? Here’s another list suggested by Dr. Perrecone, a celebrity doc who often appears on Oprah:

Stay away from pro-inflammatory foods, which accelerate the aging process. A simple rule of thumb is to consider the following: If it contains flour, and/or sugar or other sweetener, it will be pro-inflammatory. Sugary, starchy foods are poor choices and will not only pack on excess pounds, they will make you look older than your years.
Bagels
Breads, rolls, baked goods
Candy
Cake
Cookies
Cereals (except old fashioned oatmeal)
Cornstarch
Corn bread, corn muffins
Corn syrup
Crackers
Croissants
Doughnuts
Egg rolls
Fast food
French Fries
Fruit juice—choose the fruit instead
Fried foods
Flour
Granola
Hard cheese (except for feta and grating cheeses, such as Romano and Parmesan)
Honey
Hot dogs
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ices
Jams, jellies and preserves
Margarine
Molasses
Muffins
Noodles
Pancakes
Pastry
Pie
Pita bread
Pizza
Pasta
Popcorn
Potatoes
Pudding
Relish
Rice
Sherbet
Shortening
Snack foods, including: potato chips, pretzels, corn chips, rice and corn cakes, etc.
Soda
Sugar
Tacos
Tortillas
Waffles

I know, I know–these lists seem to take all of the fun out of eating! Tomorrow I will add some anecdotal evidence and testimonials for which foods help the most. (You already know which hurt the most, don’t you! Salty processed foods, lots of sugar and fat)

Feel good, keep smiling and eat your vegetables! Pat & Pattie

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7 Comments → “Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Help Reduce Neuropathy Symptoms”

  1. Robena Groton 5 years ago   Reply

    Awesome article.Really thank you! Awesome.

    • Pat Killingsworth 5 years ago   Reply

      Glad that I could help. Do you or someone you know deal with PN?

  2. Mary E. Mudiku 4 years ago   Reply

    I am a seventy year old Afican American, studing ways to take charge of my health naturally. This is an excellent sevice you are rendering to our world. Thank you!

    • Pat Killingsworth 4 years ago   Reply

      Welcome! Glad if I can help. Would you mind sharing what you may be battling – hopefully not anything but the clock!

  3. Gerri 2 years ago   Reply

    I’m a 59 year old women. I have Poly Neuropathy. I’ve just started the Paleo Diet. I can really tell the difference when I eat the right foods. I noticed my severe Neuropathy taking a back seat for the first time in years. Today I ate the wrong food. Right away I had an attack in my feat that left me in unbearable pain again. I can assure you food makes all the difference in the world. I also noticed I’m allergic to strawberrys. My Neuropathy came back with a vengeance. I’m only sorry it took me so long to figure this out. Thank you for your article.

    • Pat Killingsworth 2 years ago   Reply

      The same type of thing happens to me, Gerri. If I don’t eat a strictly low carb diet, I retain water and my joints swell. Very uncomfortable. What we eat really does make a difference! Glad that you’re in tune with your body and what you eat. Good for you!

  4. Tina 2 years ago   Reply

    I’m a 42 year old. With severe pn. I have diabetes. It is 2:00 am. And I am in so much pain I could scream. My sugar is controlled. I don’t know which is worse the spasms in my feet or the burning or stabbing. And on the other hand both feet are completely numb. All the way to my knees!! On neurotin. But doesn’t work. Please someone help. I’m at a horrible loss here. Ready to have them amputated. Tired of being in horrible pain!!!

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