Diet And Nutrition For Lupus Patients

Diet And Nutrition For Lupus Patients

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues and organs. Lupus causes inflammation in a number of areas around the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart and lungs. There are diet and nutrition guidelines offered by the Lupus Foundation of America that if followed will help reduce lupus-like syndrome and lupus flare
A well-balanced diet
Although no special diet has been shown to work in the treatment of lupus is recommended that a nutritious, well balanced and varied diet works best in helping to reduce lupus-like syndrome and lupus flare. A well-balanced diet will include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and moderate amounts of meat, poultry and oily fish. A diet high in fat can promote the onset and progression of lupus by reducing the immune system should therefore be a low fat diet can prevent these problems. It is also believed that a vegetarian diet may be ideal in the treatment of lupus, as beef and dairy products are high in amino acids, phenylalanine and tyrosine, which are thought to aggravate the disease.
Omega 3:06
It is suggested that lupus alter essential fatty acid metabolism in the body. Therefore adding omega-6 to omega-3 should restore altered metabolism to normal state. Another reason for the addition of omega-3 and 6 from oily fish or using supplements is that they reduce the risk of heart disease, women with lupus are five to ten times more likely to develop heart disease than those without the disease.
Avoid certain foods
Certain foods can cause more damage to the lupus sufferer due to the effects of the disease in certain areas of the body or because of the effects certain foods have when mixed with medications used to treat lupus. Although moderate alcohol consumption does no additional damage to the lupus sufferer, it can react with some of the drugs used to treat the disease. Cosrtisosteroids are often used in the treatment of lupus as they treat high cholesterol in the blood. Fat and salt may increase blood cholesterol levels and should therefore be reduced during a diet. Other foods like alfalfa has been associated with lupus symptom flare: alfalfa supplements have been associated with muscle pain, fatigue, abnormal blood test results and kidney problems, and should therefore be avoided.

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