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.

Vitamin E, or tocopherol, is an anti-oxidant that prevents the fats and fat-soluble Vitamin
A stored in the body from breaking down and combining with other substances that may
be harmful to the body. It also protects red blood cells from rupturing.

Zinc is required for the production of both RNA and DNA, the basic building blocks of
the body. It assists the body in making the 200+ enzymes and is essential in the
development and continuous normal functioning of the central nervous system. Zinc also
plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Magnesium is essential for every major biological process. It is necessary for 300+
enzymatic reactions and is vital for calcium metabolism. Magnesium is not a trace
mineral, but a major entity in our bodies.

Calcium performs numerous vital functions in the body. It combines with phosphorus to
strengthen bones and is crucial for nerve conduction, muscle contraction and heartbeat.
Calcium also helps prevent cramps brought on by exercise by avoiding lactic acid
buildup.

Iodine is crucial for the health of the thyroid gland and is essential for the production of
two key hormones that help regulate a host of body processes including resting
metabolic rate, heart rate, heat production and energy levels.

Manganese is involved in protein, fat and energy metabolism. Its primary function,
though, is as an antioxidant. Manganese is an essential part of biochemical reactions that
affect bone, cartilage and brain function.

Copper is heavily involved in the production of hemoglobin. It is also involved in the
production of collagen, the protein responsible for the integrity of bone, cartilage, skin
and tendon, and elastin, a major component of large blood vessels.

Selenium is an essential trace mineral required by the body in small quantities. It is also a
potent antioxidant. Selenium is necessary for proper calcium and vitamin C metabolism,
helps convert blood sugar into energy, decreases platelet aggregation and helps promote
cardiovascular health.

You should work closely with your physician in the management of Lupus, which
includes discussing the vitamins and minerals listed above before beginning to take any
of them. Some vitamins and minerals may have adverse reactions when taken in
combination with certain over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Copyright 2006 PillFreeVitamins.com



About The Author


Steven Godlewski is a self-made millionaire and is currently working with the staff at
. He has an extensive background in nutrition as well as other
health related fields. For more health-related articles see their website at:
This article was posted on September 13, 2006



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