Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that is more common in women. The immune system reacts negatively to some triggering factors, producing antibodies that will attack the patient's own body. The condition is not fully treatable, but through suitable treatment, the symptoms of the disease can be diminished. Besides traditional medication treatment, there are a number of natural supplements that can be used to control the immune system. Omega 3 fatty acids can be added to the patient's diet in the form of fish oil.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that should be included in the daily diet, as they are not produced by the human body. These polysaturated fatty acids are important for a normal function of the brain and are also essential in the growth and development of cells. The main sources of omega 3 fatty acids include:
- Fish (tuna, mackerel, salmon, trout, herring, halibut)
- Fish oil
- Nuts or nut oils
- Whole grains
- Olive oil
The omega 3 fatty acids may also be administered as supplements. A lack of omega 3 fatty acids in the diet can lead to fatigue, depression, mood swings, dry skin and coarse hair.
Omega 3 Fish Oils
Fish oils (i.e., tuna or cod oil) contain a lot of omega 3 fatty acids and may be used in the treatment and management of various medical conditions. Recent research has revealed the fact that these acids may prevent the occurrence of cardiovascular disease, arthritis and cancer. The omega 3 fish oils may also be used to reduce inflammation.
Omega 3 Fish Oils for Lupus Erythematosus
The omega 3 fish oils may be immune system stimulants, but these won't stimulate the immune system to produce cells that will attack the body. The fish oils will rather repair the immune system and regulate its function, reducing the possibility of lupus flare-ups. In addition, the omega 3 fatty acid that exists in fish oils can be an anti-inflammatory agent. In patients with lupus, the immune system also produces inflammatory cells, which can affect the joints of the padding of certain internal organs. However, fish oil has not shown positive results in patients with lupus nephritis, which is a complication of the systemic type of lupus affecting the kidneys.
Fish Oil Administration
In patients with lupus, the fish oil may be added to the diet and used as a treatment in conjunction with the traditional treatment prescribed by the doctor. If the patient's condition is stable and there are signs of remission, some doctors will recommend discontinuing the medication treatment; however, the fish oil supplementation should be continued.
The fish oil may be added to salads or used in cooking ( 2 tbsp twice per day). There are no adverse reactions to fish oil and even healthy people can get this type of treatment to maintain a healthy immune system and improve brain function.