Lupus Erythematosus diet

• Essential fatty acids play a more significant role in alleviating the symptoms of autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, than perhaps any other nutrient. We refer you again to the eicosinoids (Section we, pages 24-27) for details about how essential fats reduce inflammation and pain. Nutritional help for your symptoms begins here. Recommendation: Begin with the proper basic dietary framework to pave the way for best results. To that sound base add 240 mg of gamma-linoleic acid to 960 mg of EPA fish oil—a ratio of 1:4 (GLA:EPA)—2 to 6 times daily.
Lupus Erythematosus diet The EicoPro essential fatty acid product manufactured by Eicotec, Inc., of Marblehead, Massachusetts, contains ultrapure sources of linoleic acid and fish oils already combined in this ratio. If you cannot get that product, you can purchase linoleic acid in a product called evening primrose oil at most health and nutrition stores and EPA fish oil as well. Because it is not as pure a form, the milligram dosing will be different. You can make a reasonable substitute by combining evening primrose oil capsules with fish oil capsules plus vitamin E. Take 500 mg of evening primrose oil (a source of linoleic acid in Capsule form), plus 1000 mg EPA fish oil, plus 200 IU vitamin E 1 to 3 times a day. (Warning to diabetics: EPA fish oil can cause blood sugar fluctuations in some diabetics. Carefully monitor your blood sugar if you use this supplemental oil and discontinue its use if your blood sugar becomes difficult to control.)

•Lupus Erythematosus diet: The B family vitamins—niacin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B12—may help to relieve the skin rashes of lupus. Recommendation: Take 20 mg niacin (as niacinamide) and 250 mg of panthothenic acid daily, and 1000 micrograms of sublingual (under the tongue) vitamin B12 once a week for 4 to 6 weeks to assess your response. If the combination helps to reduce your rashes, continue this dose indefinitely.

•  Deficiency of vitamin A may worsen the symptoms of lupus; however, excessive amounts of vitamin A can be harmful. This is a vitamin necessary for tissue healing, though, so it is important. Recommendation: Take the vitamin A forerunner, beta-carotene, in a dose of 25,000 to 50,000 IU (15 to 30 mg) per day. Your body converts this vitamin A relative into active vitamin A as you need it.

• Lupus Erythematosus diet: Vitamin E in supplemental form helps to clear the rash in lupus.

Lupus Erythematosus dietRecommendation: Take 800 to 1200 IU of vitamin E as d-alphatocopherol succinate per day. Smaller doses may not be of benefit. Warning: Vitamin E can cause elevation of your blood pressure. Please refer to the discussion of this vitamin in the A-to-Z Nutrient listings for information on how to safely increase your dose of vitamin E. You can also use vitamin E oil (from the capsules or from a bottle) to apply to the rash topically.

• Selenium works with vitamin E in helping your body produce its own potent scavenger of free radicals, glutathione peroxidase. Some research suggests that people who develop lupus may be deficient in this natural substance and that their symptoms may improve from increasing it. Recommendation: Add 100 to 200 micrograms selenium (as selenium aspartate) per day.

• Lupus Erythematosus diet: L-cysteine and L-methionine work together to assist in cellular protection. They are important in skin formation and white blood cell activity. Recommendation: Take 500 to 1000 mg of each daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice, but not with milk.

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