SUP­PLE­MENTS FOR AU­TOIM­MUNE HEALTH

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PRO­BI­OTICS, which are ben­e­fi­cial live bac­te­ria and yeasts, can pro­tect against au­toim­mune dis­eases by im­prov­ing gut bac­te­ria and im­pact­ing var­i­ous pro­cesses that mod­u­late au­toim­mu­nity. Re­search sug­gests the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of pathogens in the mi­cro­biome over time may play a role in the de­vel­op­ment of au­toim­mune dis­eases. Some stud­ies sug­gest pro­bi­otic bac­te­ria, es­pe­cially Lac­to­bacil­lus and Bi­fi­dobac­te­ria strains, can ben­e­fit in­flam­ma­tory and au­toim­mune dis­eases, and may be es­pe­cially help­ful in treat­ing lu­pus. TRY: Dr Oh­hira’s Pro­bi­otics Orig­i­nal For­mula, $39 per 30 cap­sules, dro­hhi­rapro­bi­otics.com BOSWELLIA SER­RATA, also called In­dian frank­in­cense, is an Ayurvedic herb that’s de­rived from the resin of the Boswellia ser­rata tree na­tive to In­dia. Re­search shows it can re­lieve chronic in­flam­ma­tory dis­eases in­clud­ing rheuma­toid arthri­tis, bronchial asthma and os­teoarthri­tis and can re­duce swelling and in­flam­ma­tion in in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­eases like ul­cer­a­tive coli­tis and Crohn’s dis­ease.

DE­HY­DROEPIANDROS­TERONE (DHEA) is a hor­mone nat­u­rally pro­duced by the adrenal glands; sup­ple­ments are usu­ally made from soy or wild yam ex­tracts. Lev­els of DHEA have been shown to be lower in peo­ple with in­flam­ma­tory dis­eases, in­clud­ing lu­pus, and these lev­els seem to cor­re­late in­versely with sever­ity of the dis­ease. DHEA treat­ment has been shown to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and im­prove over­all qual­ity of life in some peo­ple with lu­pus, and it’s also a safe and ef­fec­tive treat­ment for peo­ple with Crohn’s dis­ease or ul­cer­a­tive coli­tis.

PEONY (PAEO­NIA LAC­T­I­FLORA), has been used for thou­sands of years in tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine to treat a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. The ac­tive con­stituent, paeoni­florin, is most con­cen­trated in the roots of the plant, so sup­ple­ments are sold as “peony root.” Re­search shows that paeoni­florin has im­munomod­u­la­tory ef­fects in au­toim­mune dis­eases like rheuma­toid arthri­tis and can re­lieve in­flam­ma­tion, re­duce joint pain and swelling, and de­lay bone ero­sion and de­struc­tion in rheuma­toid arthri­tis.

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