Supplements for Autoimmune

Did you know diet and lifestyle can influence the development of autoimmune conditions? In some people, immune cells can go rogue and start to mistakenly target and damage host cells and tissues, causing a condition known as autoimmunity. Factors such as genetics, environmental exposures, gender, medications, weight, infections and food intolerances can play a role in the development of autoimmune diseases, of which there are currently at least 80 types. Symptoms may include fatigue, joint pain, skin problems, swollen glands and digestive issues.

Key Foods for Autoimmunity

Since autoimmune conditions are often associated with gut-related problems, it’s a good idea to include the following foods in your diet to promote a healthy gut and a diverse gut microbiome for the optimal functioning of the immune system:

  • Bone broth is a source of nutrients such as gelatin and key amino acids to support the growth and turnover of gut cells.
  • Fermented products such as sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kombucha and kefir are a natural source of beneficial bacteria which support a healthy microbiome.
  • Prebiotic foods for example leeks, onions, garlic, asparagus, oats, bananas, berries and Jerusalem artichokes. These foods feed our beneficial gut bacteria.
  • Grass-fed meat, free range poultry and wild fish provide a good quality source of protein to support the production of healthy gut and immune cells.
  • Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support gut and immune health. Avoid nightshade vegetables such as peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes as these can worsen symptoms.

Which Supplements Can Support Autoimmunity?

  1. Vitamin D
  2. Zinc
  3. Omega-3 fatty acids
  4. Probiotics
  5. Glutathione

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Autoimmunity

  • Look for supplements that contain vitamin D3 which is the bioavailable form of vitamin D. Ideally, it’s a good idea to have your vitamin D levels tested as you may need a higher dose if you are severely deficient.
  • Zinc picolinate and zinc citrate are good bioavailable forms of zinc to supplement with to ensure optimal absorption.
  • You can supplement with either a fish oil supplement for omega-3 or if you prefer, a vegan source of omega-3, look for supplements derived from algae oil.
  • Remember to swap your probiotic supplement every 1-3 months with different strains, to maintain a diverse microbiome full of various types of beneficial bacteria.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Autoimmune Conditions

Work with a registered Nutritional Therapist for a personalised nutrition and diet plan, tailored to your specific health requirements. For one-to-one support with autoimmunity and to book a consultation, head over to our expert page here:

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