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How can one naturally lower an elevated CRP count?

How can one lower a high CRP (C-reactive protein) count naturally? My weight, BP are normal.

Submitted by Ana from Columbus, Ohio on 02/21/2014

Answer:
by Jose Diez, MD

High sensitivity or cardiac CRP (hsCRP) is a marker of inflammation. Before considering that this substance is coming from the arteries, one must realize that other inflammatory conditions can also increase it, e.g., infections, trauma, cancer, etc. In general, hsCRP has been associated with progression of atherosclerosis and incidence of CV events. It is recommended that the bad cholesterol or LDL is < 100 and ideally at 70. The proven strategy to decrease hsCRP has been the use of statins. As a natural way to control hsCRP, exercise (30 min walk per day) and a healthy diet may help.

In reference to diet: avoid processed food, if feasible aim for gluten free products, choose brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Some tips :

• Tomatoes
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• Spinach
• Carrots
• Oranges
• Olives
• Avocado
• Kale

Protein Sources. Anti-inflammatory protein sources include most fish and seafood, and some plant-based sources. Some examples:
• Salmon
• Tuna
• Sardines
• Trout
• Non-fat Yogurt
• Soy Foods
• Dry beans
• Walnuts
• Almonds
• Pecans
• Brazil Nuts

Fats and Oils. Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids are an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet. Many of the protein sources also contain beneficial fats, including fish, seafood, soy, avocados, olives and all those nuts. In addition, choose these:

• Olive Oil
• Canola Oil
• Rice Bran Oil
• Grape Seed Oil
• Walnut Oil
Beverages. Drink tap, sparkling or bottled water, 100-percent juices, herbal tea, low-sodium vegetable juice, and low- or non-fat milk.

Anti-inflammatory Diet Tips

Choose fresh foods more often and choose fewer heavily processed foods.