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C Reactive Protein (CRP) is a protein made in the liver in response to inflammation or infection in the body.

What might a high result mean?

It can rise very rapidly when tissues are inflamed as a result of infection. It is a non-specific test as although it can identify that infection and inflammation is occuring in the body, it cannot specify where.

How might I improve my result?

Occasionally, there is no obvious inflammation or infection in the body and the CRP is raised persistently. This is largely thought to be as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle – a diet rich in trans fats and sugar and lack of exercise. Eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables and avoiding processed foods along with engaging in regular exercise can help to reduce inflammation and therefore CRP levels in the body. Green leafy vegetables, fatty fish and nuts such as almonds and walnuts are thought to be good anti-inflammatory foods.