Diet & Nutrition

October 26, 2015
Diet & Nutrition Part One

There are no foods that or that can cure it. Still, good is an important part of an overall treatment plan for the disease.

In general, people with should aim for a well- that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It should also include moderate amounts of meats, poultry, and oily fish.

If you have, following a varied, healthy diet may help:

Here’s what you need to know about lupus, diet, and nutrition to gain these important benefits.

Reducing Inflammation and Other Symptoms

Lupus is an inflammatory disease. So it’s possible, though not proven, that foods that fight could help . On the other hand, foods that fuel inflammation could worsen them.

Foods with possible anti-inflammatory properties include, which are rich in substances called antioxidants. In addition, foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, ground, canola oil, and olive oil may also help fight inflammation.

, on the other hand, can raise and may contribute to inflammation. So they should be limited. Sources of include fried foods, commercial baked goods, creamed soups and sauces, red meat, animal fat, processed meat products, and high-fat dairy foods. That includes whole milk, half and half, cheeses, butter, and ice cream.

One food to avoid is alfalfa sprouts. Alfalfa tablets have been associated with lupus flares or a lupuslike syndrome that includes, , abnormal test results, and problems. These problems may be due to a reaction to an amino acid found in alfalfa sprouts and seeds. This amino acid can activate the immune system and increase inflammation in people with lupus. Garlic may also stimulate the immune system.

Maintaining Strong Bones and Muscles

Good nutrition is important for strong bones and muscles. For people with lupus, bone health is a particular concern. That’s because medications used to treat it can increase the risk for, a condition in which the bones become less dense and break easily.

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