Discovery 1: Vitamin D and The Immune System
Almost 75% of the people that are diagnosed with Lupus suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. When you have Lupus, your immune system has a hard time telling the difference between your own healthy cells and foreign things like germs, bacteria, or viruses. This causes your body to attack your healthy tissue, causing inflammation and pain.
After years of clinical research, scientists continue to be mesmerized by the correlation between Vitamin D and its effect on the Immune System.
It has been studied that higher levels of Vitamin D are associated with less severe Lupus disease activity. Vitamin D is one of the most common deficiencies seen throughout Lupus patients. “Improving vitamin D status among patients with SLE may benefit other common manifestations, such as fatigue and cognitive dysfunction.”
Proposed mechanism for the influence of Vitamin D deficiency on the development and progression of SLE. Left untreated, the cycle of vitamin D will continue, due to the sun avoidance and photosensitivity associated with having SLE.
Discovery 2: Turmeric Root (Curcumin) and Vitamin E
Reducing inflammation throughout the muscular system
With Lupus inflammation occurs around and in joints, resulting in pain, aches, and swelling. Chronic inflammation in joints can wear down bone and cause widespread tissue damage.
Vitamin E and Turmeric Root (Curcumin) both combat inflammation by there Anti-oxidant properties. Vitamin E helps stabilize membranes of lysosomes, or immune cells that contain destructive enzymes to fight intruders. When membranes are unstable, these enzymes cause damage to surrounding health tissue. Vitamin E can help prevent the onset of lupus flares by stabilizing membranes in lysosomes and prevents cell damage that leads to joint pain. Turmeric Root (Curcumin) blocks autoantibody binding, which suppresses inflammation before it begins.
Discovery 3: Flaxseed Oil and Cherry Extract
Improving blood flow and Kidney/Lung Heath
The essential fatty acids (Omega oils) in flaxseed oil are one of its key healing components. Essential fatty acids work throughout the body to protect cell membranes, keeping them efficient at admitting healthy substances while barring the damaging ones. Flaxseed is also known for its benefits with joint pain and kidney healthy. Flaxseed has been seen to assist with lipid levels in Lupus patients as well.
Both Flaxseed oil and Cherry Extract improve kidney health, lung health, and blood flow. Flaxseed Oil is know as an omega 3, is proven to increase both kidney function and health in Lupus patients. Cherry Extract contains molecules called flavonoids and terpenoids, which are antioxidants and respectively improves blood flow. Lupus experts suggest eating 30 cherries a day for their anti-oxidant support.
Discovery 4: Zinc and the Skin
Helps clear rashes and bumps associated with Lupus
40-70 % of people with lupus will find that their disease is made worse by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight or artificial light. Sun exposure usually causes rashes or sores in the skin of where the skin was exposed. This results in deficiencies in skin and one of the most common symptoms in SLE, known as the “butterfly” or malar rash.
The mix of Zinc and Vitamin D in LupaVita™ assists with the deficiencies associated with limited sun exposure to the sun. In the skin, Zinc assists with proper structure of proteins and cell membranes, improves wound healing, prevents rashes, and contains anti-inflammatory effects. Zinc also has anti-inflammatory effects and protects against UV radiation.
Discovery 5: VITAMIN C
Improving your heart health to prevent inflammation
Lupus affects the Circulatory system because it lowers the body’s ability to make red blood cells. Lupus can also cause inflammation in the heart or blood vessels, which can result in blood clots or worse, heart attack. The Lupus Foundation of America cites heart disease (coronary artery disease) as the leading cause of death for people with lupus.
Vitamin C plays an important role in maintaining your cardiovascular system by producing red blood cells. Your heart and blood vessels contain collagen, a type of protein. Collagen fibers help strengthen the walls of your blood vessels and heart, preventing tears or ruptures. Vitamin C helps your body produce this collagen.
Discovery 6: Increasing Energy
Lupus’ effect on the Central Nervous Systems induces Headaches, Confusion, depression, “brain fog,” and Fatigue. These symptoms tend to come and go randomly.
Vitamin B12 is known as the energy vitamin because of its positive effects with fatigue. Its essential for hair, skin, and nail health. It has been seen to help with regulating a healthy nervous system, reducing depression, brain fog, and stress. In another NIH study, there was a correlation between SLE patients with anemia having lower Vitamin B12 levels.