According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, lupus remains one of the more mysterious autoimmune diseases with the least desirable treatment options like steroids.
More advanced or acute cases of Lupus can also involve the kidneys, lungs and blood vessels and can cause life-threatening complications.
Lupus occurs primarily in women between the ages of 15 to 44 and in African Americans and Latinos at three times the rate than for Caucasians in America.
Although it’s less well known in South Africa, worldwide it’s seen as more common than leukaemia, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. Many of the symptoms mimic other common ailments and the symptoms often come and go, making a definitive diagnosis difficult.
While there’s no cure for lupus, there’s a natural option you can try that may help you avoid steroids and minimise break-outs.
Fish oil: An effective natural lupus treatment
According to Jenny Thompson of the Health Sciences Institute, a few years ago, Northern Ireland researchers at the University of Ulster conducted a study that tested fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, on more than 50 lupus patients.
After 24 weeks, researchers found a significant decline in disease measurements for those taking fish oil compared to placebo.
Fish oil helped relieve fatigue, inflammation, skin rashes and neurological problems. And all of that added up to improved quality of life, especially for those who were able to reduce their steroid use.
Dr Wright explains that the reason fish oil is able to treat lupus effectively is that it’s a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EFA (eicosapentaenoicacid). All of which are powerful anti-inflammatories.
Keep in mind that it takes a combined approach to manage lupus and no one thing even fish oil is the magic bullet. But the point is that there are natural things to try, even for ‘incurable’ diseases.