What foods are beneficial and which are harmful to people with Lupus? (Or Rheumatoid Arthritis)?

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What foods are beneficial and which are harmful to people with Lupus? (Or Rheumatoid Arthritis)?
Thanks to anyone attempting to inform me on the disease process, however, I have lived with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis since 1986. I know most of what there is to know about it's symptoms, progression and treatment options (I'm also a nurse). What I was asking was if anyone out there has had any personal experience with adding foods or deleting foods from their diet depending on how those foods made their bodies feel, (if they have Lupus or RA). I was told by a rheumotologist years ago to avoid celery, figs and parsley, because due to their chemical structure they can induce or exacerbate flare-ups. I had also read that any of the nightshade family (tomatoes and peppers, etc.) were antagonistic as well. Thanks!
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints. It is a disabling and painful inflammatory condition, which can lead to substantial loss of mobility due to pain and joint destruction. The disease is also systemic in that it often also affects many extra-articular tissues throughout the body including the skin, blood vessels, heart, lungs, and muscles.WEll since its a disease In which "its our own immune system which is supposed to protect the body from intruding bacterias/virus, attack on soft tissues in the joints, The the infulence of foods in this regard are very minimal however there are some nutritional diet which might help the tissues to strengthen.1. Boron : is a trace mineral needed for healthy bones and it also aides in the absorption of other minerals helpful to people with rheumatoid arthritis.2.Magnesium :magnesium helps balance calcium which is beneficial to people with arthritis, a good source of magnesium is a quality multi-vitamin & mineral supplement especially one with calcium, zinc, and garlic.3. Fatty Acids : extremely important for reducing inflammation causes of arthritis and also increasing blood circulation. Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil.4.Zinc : zinc is required for bone growth and very often people with rheumatoid arthritis are not getting enough of the mineral zinc in their diet.5.Multi-vitamin: contains vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium which all are helpful for rheumatoid arthritis.6.Garlic ; garlic has been shown to inhibit the formation of free radicals which can damage joints thus is a benefit to those with arthritis.HERE IS THE MEDICAL TREATMENT NORMALLY ADMINISTERED IN HOSPITALS:rheumatoid arthritis treatment is important at the early stages of the condition. Most of those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis have a common genetic marker called HLA-DR4. This doesn't mean that everybody who has this marker gets the disease, but here has been noticed that there is a tendency for those people to develop the rheumatoid arthritis. Following an alternative treatment for arthritis may help you to prevent the development of the disease in other body tissues but you should always consult with your doctor to see which rheumatoid arthritis treatment will have the best results. There is also the natural treatment for RA that is usually based on herbs, supplement pills and even diets. There have been made a lot of studies on the connection between diet and the symptoms of this disease. Other options that you could take into consideration in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis would be the nutritional supplements, such as zinc, selenium, manganese, vitamin C, pantothenic acid and vitamin E. these nutrients have been found to be deficient in most arthritis patients.
I've found eliminating as much salt as possible from my diet has helped me feel better all around. Its also helped my kidneys, which were affected. I generally feel better If I eat healthy, and I don't obsess over what I eat too much.


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