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Dr. Mike
3.9.08, 12:27 AM
Looking for information on vitamins I came across the article below. It's basically just a handy list of a few key vitamins and minerals and how they work in a normal body. The list implies that they might fit into a lupus regimen but we copy it here just FYI and For Your Own Judgement. Notice that the item on vitamin C talks about promoting the production of antibodies which may not be something that someone with lupus wants to do. (Happily it is published with permission to reuse it with credit to the author and his website and so, here it is.)
Can Vitamins Help With Lupus by Steven Godlewski
Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system of the body produces antibodies which start attacking itself, producing inflammation of the skin, joints, blood vessels and other areas. Some of the first symptoms are similar to those common with arthritis, Lyme disease, and fibromyalgia such as swelling and pain of the joints, sometimes with a fever. Many cases also have a characteristic rash that appears across the nose and cheeks, which consists of pinkish to red coloration of the skin and raised red bumps.
The following vitamins and minerals have been shown to be beneficial in the management of Lupus and its many symptoms.
Vitamin A helps prevent eye disorders, skin disorders like acne, cancer, colds, influenza and other infections. It enhances immunity and acts as an antioxidant. Vitamin A is needed for skin and mucous membrane health, bone and teeth formation, and protein utilization. It helps slow the aging process.
The B vitamins promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and brain function. The B vitamins are also coenzymes involved in energy production. B complex is important for elderly people and a deficiency can mimic Alzheimer's disease.
Vitamin C performs hundreds of functions in the body. It is crucial for the production of antibodies, strengthens connective tissues, helps reduce the duration and severity of a cold, assists with wound healing, and protects other vitamins from oxidation.



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