Lupus Home Remedies

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects women, but it also carries a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) due to the chronic inflammation that occurs. In fact, CVD is the number one cause of death in lupus patients, so they should try to reduce their CVD risk factors by lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose through lifestyle changes. 

New research has found that weight loss can significantly reduce fatigue in lupus patients—even those on steroids. It’s been suggested that low vitamin D levels contribute to the risk of CVD, especially in lupus patients, but I think it’s far more important to reduce your traditional CVD risk factors than to rely on this vitamin D theory. 

Normalizing vitamin D is a good idea for general bone health, but not for improving CVD risk. Lupus also causes inflammation of the kidneys (called lupus nephritis).

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs (autoimmune disease). Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus — a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks — occurs in many but not all cases of lupus.

Some people are born with a tendency toward developing lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs or even sunlight. While there’s no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms.

Natural Remedies For Lupus

NAC (N-acetylcysteine)

Taking 1,800 milligrams per day may reduce protein levels in people with lupus nephritis, but a larger trial is needed. (Protein in the urine, especially high amounts, is an indicator of disease severity and progression.)

Turmeric

It’s showing up in clinical trials in lupus nephritis patients, and Turmeric supplement can potentially lower protein and blood levels in the urine at dosages of 500 milligrams three times a day with meals (each dose contains at least 22 milligrams of the active ingredient curcumin). Turmeric does have anti-inflammatory potential, but I don’t know if it will be enough to help with this condition.

Fish oil

Taking 3 grams, or 3,000 milligrams, per day appeared to slow disease activity and may reduce heart disease risk factors, according to a 24-week trial from Ireland, but unfortunately these results haven’t been confirmed yet in further studies.

What Supplement Is Useless For Treating Lupus?

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)

This hormone-precursor to estrogen and testosterone had some initial excitement about its potential to improve fatigue and quality of life and reduce bone loss in lupus patients, but randomized trials of 200 milligrams or more have now failed to show a benefit. It has also lowered good cholesterol (HDL) in studies, which is another reason I’m generally not a fan of it.

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