Lupus sufferers often face chronic flare-ups of their symptoms and these can be significantly disruptive to a person’s day-to-day schedule. Fortunately, some new research presented at the American College of Rheumatology in San Diego has unveiled that those consuming higher amounts of vitamin D and omega-3 fats in their diets have significantly lighter flare-ups and could also lessen the risk and severity of damage to their kidneys over time. Conversely, another study found those lupus sufferers with low blood levels of vitamin D faced much higher risks of kidney disease developing.
Although there is no definitive diet protocol to cure lupus, there are lots of nutritional tips and strategies one can implement to effect both the severity and the progression of the illness. Some rich sources of vitamin D that could be added to a diet include salmon, tofu, yogurt, mushrooms and almond milk. The foods richest in Omega-3 fatty acids include most fish, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, wild rice, soybeans and canola oil.
If trying to halt progression of lupus to the kidneys is your priority, these dietary changes may be worth considering. Of course, the correlations are still in a very preliminary phase and more research needs to be conducted, but the study participants who did consume more vitamin D and Omega-3 not only exhibited far less severe Lupus symptoms, they also experienced a much better quality of sleep, which as we all know, is super important in preventing kidney disease.
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