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Lupus: Five Foods to Lower Inflammation
There are no foods that cause lupus or foods that can cure it. However, good, nutritious diet is an important aspect of the Lupus treatment plan to reduce the inflammation that is prevalent due to the disease. Typically, people with lupus should aim for a well-balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It should also include moderate amounts of proteins and fats from meats, poultry, and oily fish.
Here’s a few things to include in your lupus, diet, and nutrition to reduce inflammation.
1. Dark chocolate
A study found that the antioxidants in cocoa prevented the lab mice from gaining any excess weight and lowered their blood sugar levels. And another study found that gut microbes in our stomach ferment dark chocolate into heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory compounds that can shut down genes associated to insulin resistance and inflammation. To improve the effects, try eating your dark chocolate with a few apple slices: The apple speeds up the fermentation process, subsequently lowering inflammation by some extent.
Research suggests that Curcumin, a compound derived from the spice turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory for the liver. Another study in the health journal Gut, found that supplementing with curcumin can significantly lower bile duct blockage and curb fibrosis by meddling with chemical reactions involved in the process of inflammation. Eat curries and gravies spiced with turmeric for best results.
3. White beans
White beans are not only a healthy dose of fiber, protein and potassium, but also a significant source of calcium. It is rich in something called resistant starch, a nutrient that raises metabolism and encourages fat oxidation and prevents long-term fat accumulation.
Your mom was surely onto something when she told you how important it was to eat your the cruciferous broccoli. It is rich in calcium and a host of other amazing nutrients.. A cup of the steamed variety has a good 301 milligrams of calcium and is an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C too. It is Lupus superfood.
5. Cold-water fatty fish
Fishes are high in omega-3s. Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids which help protect against heart diseases and the risk of stroke. They also reduce inflammation in the body, which is the characteristic of Lupus disease. Therefore, try to eat more salmon, tuna, mackerels, and sardines.