Anyone who thinks that diet is not important when it comes to chronic diseases is very sadly misinformed.
Autoimmune diseases are triggered by environmental factors, what more of an influential factor than the food that we put into our bodies on a daily basis and ofcourse the air we breathe?!
Our food chain has become so tampered with that half the time we do not even know what were are eating (you only need to look at the latest scandal regarding the horsemeat). Foods have been processed for longevity on our supermarket shelves and for added “taste” and to “look good” to the point where nutritional factor has been severely compromised.
This is a fantastic read and it is fairly lay so hopefully your eyes wont glaze over! Many autoimmune conditions can be managed through dietary choices, I would rather manage my autoimmune with diet than with steroids.
I am going to give those of you who are interested in factual information regarding diet and chronic low grade inflammation this review to read. Diet is an amazing way to manage autoimmune diseases and we need to be more informed of researach like this.
INTRODUCTION TO REVIEW (PLEASE CLICK LINK BELOW TO READ FULL ARTICLE)
Among the fatty acids, it is the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) which possess the most potent immunomodulatory activities, and among the omega-3 PUFA, those from fish oil—eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—are more biologically potent than-linolenic acid (ALA). Some of the effects of omega-3 PUFA are brought about by modulation of the amount and types of eicosanoids made, andother effects are elicited by eicosanoid-independent mechanisms, including actions upon intracellular signaling pathways, transcription factor activity and gene expression. Animal experiments and clinical intervention studiesindicate that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and, therefore, might be useful in the management of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Coronary heart disease, major depression, aging and cancer are characterized by an increased level of interleukin 1 (IL-1), a proinflammatory cytokine. Similarly, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and lupus erythematosis are autoimmune diseases characterized by a high level of IL-1 and the proinflammatory leukotriene LTB 4 produced by omega – 6 fatty acids. There have been a number of clinical trials assessing the benefits of dietary supplementation with fish oils in several inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in humans, including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches. Many of the placebocontrolled trials of fish oil in chronic inflammatory diseases reveal significant benefit, including decreaseddisease activity and a lowered use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Excellent food sources of Omega 3 Fatty acids are
- Flax seeds
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Thanks for reading guys