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Easing the Symptoms of Lupus With Diet


What are the symptoms of lupus?

Common symptoms of lupus include:

  • Chest pains
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Loss of hair
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Painful and swollen joints
  • Painful and swollen muscles
  • Red rashes
  • Sensitivity to the sun
  • Swelling

Can these lupus symptoms be eased with diet?

Yes! Consider the following diet recommendations.

  1. A vegan diet may provide the perfect diet because essential amino acids, phenylalanine and tyrosine, are found in beef and dairy products, and because a vegan diet is typically low in fat.
  2. A diet low in purines seems to allay lupus symptoms. A low-purine diet is recommended for all arthritis type conditions and gout. Low purine foods include coffee, cream-style soups made from low-fat milk and without meat extract or broth, eggs three or four times weekly, fat-free or skim milk, fruits, gelatin, juices, low-fat cheese, fats and oils in limited amounts, low fiber, nuts, pasta, peanut butter, soda, sugar, syrup, tea, low-purine vegetables, water, and white flour.
  3. Additional magnesium can ease muscle pains.
  4. Beta-carotene supplementation helps reduce sun sensitivity.
  5. Try an anti-inflammatory diet to counteract painful inflammation. Include more omega-3 fatty acids and B complex vitamins (especially pantothenic acid). A few food sources where pantothenic acid can be found in are soft drinks, cakes, cider, eggs, cheese, milk, fruit, and nuts. Include more canola oil, fish, flax seeds, and walnuts in your daily diet.
  6. Vitamins A and E and selenium appear to reduce inflammation.
  7. A diet low in fat will curb lupus symptoms.
  8. Increase vitamin D and calcium to reverse steroidal side effects like brittle bone disease.
  9. Lupus patients benefit from a high-fiber diet.

Why is a diet necessary to ease the symptoms of lupus?

It is suggested that lupus alters the essential fatty acid metabolism because there are noticeable reductions in the linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids and in the blood phosholipid fraction in the body.

What should I avoid in a diet?

  1. Refined or highly processed foods and oils should be eliminated from your diet.
  2. Avoid Alfalfa sprouts.
  3. Certain vegetables like eggplant, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes should be avoided.
  4. Supplementation of trytophan or 5-hydroxytrytophan because of its potential unsafe usage.
  5. Lupus patients tend to have heightened food sensitivities. In this case, be aware of what you eat and learn what foods trigger lupus, and then stay away from them.
  6. Restrict or limit carbohydrate intake. Foods high in carbohydrates tend to elevate inflammation associated with lupus.
  7. Restrict or limit gluten in your diet to ease inflammatory bowel disease symptoms.
  8. Zinc, as found in meat and shellfish, should be avoided to relieve lupus symptoms.

Take advantage of the resources made available! If you're unsure as to which foods you should or shouldn't eat, research and purchase recipe books that aim to eliminate lupus symptoms. Learn all you can about lupus, its symptoms, and how to ease your lupus symptoms. Talk to other lupus sufferers. Learn from each other. Join a support group. With knowledge, comes power and confidence.

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