Amyloid proteins are fibrous, insoluble aggregates. A large accumulation of these proteins in the body can lead to the development of a group of diseases known as amyloidosis. Reducing amyloid protein in the diet is a step towards helping to avoid the build-up of these proteins in the tissues and organs and thus preventing any health complications associated with it. Therefore, a healthy diet is necessary for keeping the body balanced . Supplements such as pineapple enzyme, or bromelain, can be taken to break down amyloid deposits. To maintain overall good health and resistance to disease, processed foods must be avoided.
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Avoid completely foods and drinks that especially encourage the build up of amyloid protein such as refined sugars found in soft drinks, desserts, sodas, many baked goods and candies. Also avoid caffeine, found in coffee and tea and many other drinks. Avoid most refined dairy products. Food additives such as monosodium glutamate, flavourings, colourings and other chemicals are best avoided.
Limit your consumption of meats, particularly red meats. Limit or avoid processed food to improve health and build resistance to disease. Processed foods generally contain ingredients and additives that encourage amyloid protein build-up in the body.
Eat the standard, healthy foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cold-water fish and seeds such as sesame, sunflower and flax seed. Include nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pecans and hazelnuts. Add whole grains such as brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, oats and barley; they are all rich in vitamins and minerals and should be included as a staple part of the diet.
Include nutritional supplements as part of creating healthier eating habits and preventing the build up of amyloid protein. These supplements include fish oil which is high in omega-3 fatty acids essential to health. Before taking fish oil, consult with your doctor since it can have a blood thinning effect and you want to be certain it does not react with any medication you may be taking. Antioxidant supplements are also beneficial and worthwhile including in your daily diet. Bromelain, or pineapple enzyme, used as a supplement can aid the body in breaking down amyloid protein deposits.
Changes to make in your Diet
Tips and warnings
- Changing to a new diet is best done in stages, not giving up everything all at once and eating completely different foods from one day to the next. Setting yourself realistic, daily, weekly and monthly goals and sticking to them usually guarantees success in a less traumatic way, particularly if you have been used to eating highly processed foods for a long time, in which case, a drastic change may not be the best choice.
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