Tags: supplements | lupus | autoimmune diseases | curcumin | quercetin | magnesium | omega-3 oils

Supplements Against Lupus

Monday, 17 Sep 2012 10:06 AM

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.


Question: I have a dear friend who has lupus. What supplements would you recommend for her?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

In my personal experience, I have found magnesium and omega-3 oils to be most effective — especially the oil high in EPA as well as DHA. Studies on various autoimmune diseases suggest that curcumin and quercetin are also helpful because they are powerful anti-inflammatories.

Chronic inflammatory diseases, like lupus, cause severe depletion of magnesium and this magnifies inflammation. Supplementing with magnesium not only reduces inflammation, it also increases defense against reactions associated with lupus, such as excitotoxicity.

A product called NAC (N-acetyl-L-cysteine) also dramatically elevates cell glutathione, a vital protective factor, which is also depleted by lupus. Carotenoids can actually worsen lupus symptoms by stimulating antibodies.

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