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Not All Supplements and Vitamins for Lupus Patients are Safe
Vitamins for lupus patients: “Ask Dr. T!” question of the week
For example: do not take Echinacea
It is important to remember that lupus is a problem where the immune system is already over active. The last thing you want to do is “boost” it more!
Dr. Thomas says, “You are very smart for avoiding products that state they “boost the immune system.” This is not what want. It is already “boosted” in lupus. We want to normalize the immune system by calming it down. Echinacea as you mention can flare lupus, so I am glad you are avoiding it. There are absolutely no products (vitamins etc) that have been proven to prevent colds and flus, and believe me, over the past few decades, many studies have been done. The only thing that comes any where close to possibly help are zinc supplements, and these are safe to use. However, avoid the nasal spray form. It can cause loss of smell.”
produced by Kelli Roseta’s “More Than Lupus“
The mission of the More Than Lupus Foundation is to provide programs and support for those living with lupus, advocate for their needs, and collaborate with other government and lupus organizations to strive toward improving quality of life, and ultimately finding a cure.