2 things you should do that may help keep Lupus flare-ups at bay

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May 22 2017 - 5:12am

Lupus or systemic lupus erythematous is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue including: the skin, joints and many internal organs by mistake. While, the underlying causes of this disease are not fully understood, there 2 things you should do that may help keep Lupus flare - ups at bay.

 2 things you should do that may help keep Lupus flare-ups at bay

Lupus disease has three main characteristics: a dysfunctional immune system, chronic inflammation, and a possible link with a viral infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. Therefore the things you should do that may help keep Lupus flare - ups at bay, will include tackling: inflammation; immunity; and a possible viral infection.

There are two very effective ways to target inflammation, regulate immunity and combat viruses. The first way is through diet and the second way is through supplementation. Harvard Women's Health Watch, has a list of anti-inflammatory foods that are worth reading about, as their ability to fight inflammation may help keep Lupus flare ups at bay.

So, logically the 2 things you should do that may help keep Lupus flare - ups at bay, will include: 1) start an anti-inflammatory diet and 2) use supplements with the capabilities aforementioned.

1) Diet

Diet can help to control the inflammatory findings of the disease and the complications derived from its own therapy. Foods rich in vitamin A, C, D, E and other vitamins are highly beneficial and may help keep Lupus flare - ups at bay, according to an article entitled diet and nutritional aspects in systemic lupus erythematous.

3) Supplements

Here are 3 supplements that may help keep lupus flare ups at bay!

1) Omega 3 fatty acids

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Supplements like Omega 3 fatty acids have been widely reported to be beneficial for overall health. But, may help keep Lupus flare ups at bay because it enhances the immune system to function properly, regulates muscle protein balance and it is anti inflammatory.

Omega 3 fatty acids supplementation has been shown to modulate the immune response by improving signaling between immune cells and improving the ability of cells to destroy pathogens. There is hope that omega-3 fatty acids can help keep infections at bay without exacerbating inflammation.

The consumption of omega 3 fatty acids has been demonstrated to regulate muscle protein balance, which is regulated by changes in the ratio of muscle protein synthesis (MPS): muscle protein breakdown (MPB). An increase in MPS or a decrease in MPB will lead to a positive balance and ultimately hypertrophy. However, omega-3 supplementation has been shown in some studies to blunt the loss of skeletal muscle mass. This is specially relevant for Lupus sufferers because muscular weakness and muscle loss are common in Lupus.

Fatty acids (FAs) can function as endogenous ligands modulating inflammatory responses. One good source of omega 3 fatty acids is the oil extracted from the seed of the herb called Perilla frutescens, because many studies demonstrated that perilla oils reduce the production of the inflammatory cytokines IL-1β and TNFα by monocytes .

But Omega 3 fatty acids benefits also extend into protecting the brain and even helping kids with ADHD. So, not a bad supplement to have at home!

2) St John’s wort

Another good supplement to have handy when fighting Lupus is: St Wort plant, from which Hypericin, a natural plant derivative is extracted. This derivative has been shown to have antiviral activities against several viruses. But not only that, it is effective in fighting depression and anxiety.

3) Tamarind indica

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