Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, irritation and limited group of joints. When a joint is reddened it may be swollen, tender, warm to the touch or red.

Surrounding each joint is a defensive capsule holding a lubricate fluid to aid in motion. Cartilage, a slippery smooth matter, covers most joints to assure an even, fluid motion of the joint.

With joint arthritis, the cartilage may be damaged, narrowed and lost by a degenerative process or by inflammation making movement painful.

Arthritis Causes

The causes of arthritis depend on the form of arthritis. Causes take in injury (leading to degenerative arthritis), abnormal metabolism (such as gout and pseudogout), legacy (such as in osteoarthritis), infections (such as in the arthritis of Lyme disease), and an overactive immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus).

Arthritis Symptoms

Imagine the cartilage in your body, that soft, yet pliable natural cushion between your bones, preliminary to break down. When this happen there is no natural protection for your bones at the joints. Your bone joints would no longer have defense against the wear and tear of daily life.

The fact that the nature of the resultant pain can vary very much assists your doctor in formative which type of arthritic joint disease you may have.

Home remedies for Arthritis

Effective Arthritis Treatment is to wrap red flannel gently around painful joint and leave it overnight.

A gentle massage with warm olive oil is very effective to relieve arthritis pain.

Dilute Garlic, Juniper, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, or Sassafras oils in the proportions of one part to 10 parts of olive oil and use it to massage the painful joints for immediate relief. This is one of the effective home remedies for arthritis.

The patient should be given a lukewarm enema for a few days to cleanse the bowels, as the first step to prevent arthritis is to relieve constipation.

Steam baths and body massage are beneficial in the arthritis treatment. – Good Home Remedy for arthritis

All general cold-water treatments, such as cold baths and cold sprays, should be avoided.

An extra supplement of calcium, zinc and vitamin C is recommended.

Sea bathing is considered beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.

The first thing in the morning is to have fresh juice extracted from potatoes and diluted with water on 50:50 bases.

Rub the aching joints with hot vinegar before going to bed. This is another good and simple home remedy for arthritis.

Yoga exercises for arthritis patients

Regularly doing yoga improves your external as well as internal system. It gives you relief from arthritis pains, back pain, asthma, etc. Performing different yogic postures, exercises, stretches warms your muscle and relives pains.

Yogic exercises are beneficial for all age group, body types. Arthritis-affected area will gain its strength back. By performing yogic exercises. Exercises strengthens joint bones and various muscles, it makes immune system strong (which is very helpful in arthritis cure), reduces inflammation, and has various other benefits. There are number of yoga classes where you can avail these benefits.

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26 thoughts on “Lupus Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

  1. tor

    Is there a diet for those with Lupus?
    I want to know if there are any diets to followto relieve the symtoms of lupus. I heard that citrus aggreivates the joints, which sucks cause I love oranges and lemons. Althafa sprouts are not good either. Anyone have idea where to find a hit list of things I should limit or not eat?
    Are there certain things I should avoid?

    1. kimchungtran

      Dear Asker!

      Here is a good Diet and Lifestyle changes for patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

      The following are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet:

      * Eat a diet low in saturated fats. Not all fats are unhealthy. Some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids, which are fat compounds found in fish oil, black currant or primrose seed oils, and flax seed, have anti-inflammatory and nerve protecting actions.

      Omega-3 fatty acids are essential acids. Medical research suggests they may have anti-inflammatory properties.

      * Choose whole grains and fresh vegetables and fruits. According to some studies, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower homocysteine levels, which are elevated in patients with SLE and may be a risk factor for heart disease. Researchers are also investigating compounds called indoles, also known as mustard oil, which are found in broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, collard and mustard greens, rutabaga, turnips, and bok choy. Indoles stimulate enzymes that convert estrogen to a more benign type. Eating vegetables certainly will not cure SLE, but they offer many general health benefits.

      * Get most proteins from vegetables, particularly soy.
      * Avoiding dairy and meat products may help protect the kidneys.
      * Take extra calcium and vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis (this is particularly useful for patients taking corticosteroids).
      * Supplements of vitamins B12, B6, and folate may be necessary, especially in people whose blood tests show high levels of homocysteine.
      * Exercise is safe, but patients should not expect it to improve symptoms, including joint aches and fatigue.
      * Restrict salt (particularly for patients with signs of high blood pressure and kidney disease).

      Of possible interest to patients with SLE is a 2002 report that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (also an inflammatory autoimmune condition) experienced improvement when they went on the Mediterranean diet, which stresses fish (which contains anti-inflammatory factors), olive oil, garlic, whole grains, nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables. In any case, such a diet is heart-healthy, which is important for patients with SLE

      Prevention Against Infections

      Patients should minimize their exposure to crowds or people with contagious illnesses. Careful hygiene, including dental hygiene, is also important.

      Avoiding SLE Triggers

      Simple preventive measures include avoiding overexposure to ultraviolet rays and wearing protective clothing and sunblocks. There is some concern that allergy shots may cause flare ups in certain cases. Patients who may benefit from them should discuss risks and benefits with an SLE specialist. In general, patients with SLE should use only hypoallergenic cosmetics or hair products.

      Reducing Stress

      Chronic stress has profound physical effects and influences the progression of SLE. According to one study, patients with SLE differ from healthy individuals in their immune responses to stress, and psychological stress can induce flare-ups in patients with SLE. Patients should try to avoid undue emotional or physical stress. Getting adequate rest of at least 8 hours and possibly napping during the day may be helpful. Maintaining social relationships and healthy activities may also help prevent the depression and anxiety associated with the disease.

      Hope that may help you!
      Good luck!

  2. luffjm34

    What autoimmune disorder would cause these symptoms for so many years?
    -Extreme Fatigue
    -Never feel rested after sleep
    -Stomach problems (gas, cramps)
    -Low body temperature
    -raised SED rate/C Reactive protein

    I have tested negative for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Celiac’s and my thryoid number was a little off, but not out of the lab’s normal range. These symptoms have been for EIGHT YEARS.

    1. Anonymous

      Are you on a gluten-free diet? If not, consider doing this, and after 3 or so months, get all of your blood levels tested again. Celiac tests are notorious for providing false negatives, and the symptoms of Celiac disease can disguise themselves as a number of things, including cancer.

      I tested negative as a Celiac, but after the 1st month on a strict gluten-free diet, I noticed huge changes in my state of health. It was like I had a new lease on life. By 3 months, my thyroid was normal again and I have so much more energy.

      Good luck on your quest for health.

  3. Luke

    17 years old and smoking weed because of lupus?
    i’m 17. i have rheumatoid arthritis(lupus) and i smoke weed and it helps. but my parents think otherwise… any ideas?

    1. Linda R

      Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are two different diseases. You could have them in overlap. But they are not the same thing.

      Both lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are autoimmune diseases. Your immune system is confused and attacks healthy parts of you. Smoking weed relieves the pain temporarily, but over time, makes the disease WORSE. You should be on anti-inflammtory meds, immuno suppressive meds, eating a healthy diet, getting exercise and practicing stress reduction.

      It is time for you to be proactive in managing your disease instead of being reactive and smoking weed.

  4. siamesedream86

    Can a person with lupus go their life with out something severe happening?
    I have SLE Lupus and I get pretty bad “flare ups”. But could I possibly go my whole life without geting something severe like Kidney failure etc;
    Please be very honest with me.

    1. GJB

      My nutritionist tells me that systemic lupus is caused by candida yeast along with sensitivities to common foods. When I eat well, the flares and rheumatoid arthritis reduce considerably. My flares have been mild throughout, however, but the arthritis has been quite painful until recently. There are strict dietary protocols to follow to reduce the yeast in your system along with avoiding cetain “trigger” foods (for me, wheat and milk products). It wouldn’t hurt to follow an anti-yeast diet in any event, because your over-all nutrition will be better, but it does require a complete rethinking of your diet along with the dedication to stick to it. That can be difficult, since the yeast itself causes you to want to eat the foods that make it grow. Once the yeast reduces, the cravings diminish and even vanish.

      However, yeast usually doesn’t become a problem on its own. There is a common underlying condition that’s the basic cause for yeast proliferation, along with eating an improper diet. It’s also treatable, but there’s no quick fix for it. At least try an anti-candida diet for a good, few months. One good source for an explanation of how to treat treat candida overgrowth is “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” by Balch and Balch. If you can manage your health without steroids (like prednisone) it’s better, since steroids can cause even more serious problems.

      You are welcome to email me if you’d like, though I see you do not accept emails through Answers.

  5. Hope C

    Why do so many people resist the idea that food causes illness?
    If you tell someone to try a natural, organic diet free of preservatives and chemicals, they resist it, but will pop a pill of even more toxic stuff? I was in seriously poor shape two years ago with a multitude of problems, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, hidradenitis and thyroid problems. When I stopped eating processed food, and eliminated wheat, soy and eggs from my diet, the symptoms cleared up. I wonder why many people don’t realize the toxins that are in commercial meats, milk and processed food? All you have to do is read the label to see how bad it is!
    I enjoy a lovely diet of fresh, organic veggies, rice pastas, fruits, fish, seafood, rice, quinoa, millet, flax, nuts, seeds, berries, etc. I dont feel deprived at all. Its the toxic artificially enhanced stuff that I am refering to. My diet is much more enjoyable and :”comforting” to me now, and my 12 year old is thriving on it!

    1. Jadis

      AMEN!! If you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.

      As to why people resist it, it’s a heck of a lot easier to pop a frozen dinner in the microwave than to cook from scratch….I used to feel that way, until we started eating cleanly….WOW. Food actually has TASTE! What a concept!

      Excellent post! Wish I could give you 10 points for it!

  6. avjromero

    What are possible ways that the body reacts to trauma?
    Okay well a friend “Jasmine” of mine has a problem where she loses hair, so far she has went to the doctor and the doctor diagnosed it as “stress”. So “Jasmine” had a lot of problems as a child.Could it be that her body is rejecting all that trauma out through her body?

  7. ftongela

    very good information on lupus and a good strong vitinanm to take?
    i have lupus and have had it for about 5 yrs now and it has been hard and painful from my skin to face turning darker and dry and funny looking at times and being tried all the time and my doctors is no help at all for me or my . i need some good help and good advice if anyone can help me . im 32 yrs of age mostly tried of the time and sleepy

  8. SharkyWarky

    How can I avoid getting shingles after recovering from Chicken Pox?
    I am 32 and just had Chicken Pox…and heard that after recovery, the virus lies dormant and may develop later into the shingles

    1. doctordad

      This is in reference to your question posted on yahoo about shingles and chicken pox. Chicken pox is a virus call varicella. After recovering from chicken pox, the varicella virus lies dormant in your body, it is there to stay forever. Most people will get chicken pox and never have a recurrence or reactivation of the virus (reactivation of the varicella virus is called “shingles” or varicella zoster).
      At your age of 32, and if you have a very healthy immune system, it is unlikely you will get an outbreak of shingles. However, if your immune system breaks down or is weakened in any way, ie. HIV infection, cancer, having major surgery, hepatitis, kidney disease, autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis for example, the varicella zoster virus can reactivate causing a case of the shingles. Since the virus lies dormant in nerves, shingles usually follows the path of that particular nerve, especially the nerves at varying levels of your spinal column. That is why when a outbreak occurs the little spots, sores, blisters form in a line. Most of the cases that I have seen wrap around the mid section of the body, ie in a straight line under the armpit for example. The reactivation is excruciatingly painful but there are medications that can be given to reduce the pain and even try to help push the virus back into hiding.
      There is valtrex, famvir, etc. that can be given to patients with outbreaks of shingles and if the person has recurrent outbreaks, they can go on what is called maintenance therapy by taking valtrex every day at a smaller dose which seems to prevent futures recurrences of shingles.
      To answer your question about how you can prevent getting shingles, there really is not any thing special that you can do except for trying to keep your immune system healthy. Vitamin C and zinc have been shown to keep the immune system healthy.
      A well balanced diet, exercise can also keep the immune system healthy.
      As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken. That is why most cases of shingles are in older individuals or like I said earlier, people with HIV, cancer, autoimmune diseases.
      By the way, varicella is in the same category of viruses that cause fever blisters, cold sores, and genital herpes.
      I hope I answered your question and alleviated some of your concerns about shingles.
      Best regards,
      Warren Shaffer, M.D.

  9. The_Reporter

    What can cause a pressure pain in you left arm?
    besides heart problems. If a teenage male within the target weight range and a average health diet without fast food, what could be the cause of a pressure pain on the left arm except for heart problems. i have not hit it on anything, jsut randomly happend

    1. imsety

      Peripheral neuropathy can have a number of causes. Probably the most common is mechanical pressure on a nerve. Under compression, the first nerve fibers to lose function are the ones that conduct sensation. As the sensory fibers “go to sleep,” the first signal perceived is the familiar “pins-and-needles” tingling sensation.

      Some diseases and conditions, such as the professor’s vitamin B12 deficiency, affect peripheral nerves directly. Others in this category include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thiamine deficiency, and kidney failure. And good luck.

  10. wingsovgrace

    Have you been diagnosed with drug induced Lupus ?
    !0 years ago began having problem with elevated blood pressure. Was treated with the usually prescribed meds. Within the past ten years I have had a variety of unusual and often preplexing symptoms that the doctors couldn’t find good answers for. Lots of guesses and lots of unsuccessful treatments and increased frustration and misery until recently. The diagnosis is drug induced Lupus and it is believed to be caused by my blood pressure meds. Bingo. The symptoms have developed over the same period I’ve been on the meds. My question is: Any known effective alternatives for Blood Pressure Control? Anyone else with Lupus have bizarre skin and hair folllicle issues? Any one know a reputable doctor in Kansas City Missouri to advise on alternative treatments? Any one know of a web site to purchase alternative B/P treatments that you or someone you know have had personal experience with? Are there suggestions for a great support website for Lupus?

    1. Healing Oneself

      Hi WIngsOfGrace

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also learning about detoxifying the blood by doing colon and liver cleanses will change your health forever.

      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.


      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy or hyperthermia treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Best of health to you

  11. Houston Smith

    Does Fibromyalgia cause extreme hunger and loss of vision?
    That’s all I need to know about this condition because I’m trying to determine what I have I suffer from painful neuropathy in the hands and feet. I know about all the other symptoms.

    1. onlymatch4u

      Fibromyalgia is a result, not a natural thing that happens to a human being that is healthy. It is what is called a degenerative disease. Drugs can only treat the symptoms and do not address the root cause or “CURE” the disease. Going that route leads to managing the disease.

      Your body is capable of repairing itself of most degenerative diseases if you give it the right nutrients and detox your body of the toxins it has acquired over the years. You have a choice to make, 1) treat the symptoms with drugs and live with the disease for most of the rest of your life, or 2) educate yourself on what you have been doing wrong, correct that and then learn how to get rid of the state of bad health by focusing on becoming healthy. Do you believe that you have a drug deficiency? Do you believe you were designed to be sick? Do you think Fibromyalgia is something you catch from someone else?

      You need to look beyond the typical medical doctor for the answers. They “Treat symptoms and manage diseases” and nothing more. In fact more people die each year of doctor caused problems than any single major disease in America including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. And so turning to doctors to “Cure” Fibromyalgia is not something they can or will do. Just ask one what the drugs they prescribe will CURE you.

      Edit: The neuropathy of the hands and feet are symtpomatic of diabetes that is usually brought on by bad diet, high in carbs & sugars. Most commonly, it is diabetics that suffer from this type of nerve pain and it is a major complication of the disease. It is the higher than normal sugar levels that creates the damage. There are other reasons and they are as follows:

      Amyloidosis (metabolic disorder)
      Autoimmune disorders
      Bell’s Palsy
      Cancer treatments
      Carpal tunnel syndrome
      Charco Marie-Tooth disease
      Chemotherapy Treatment (See Chemo-Induced Side effects for other side effects)) See Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
      Chronic kidney failure
      Compression neuropathy – pressure on an area
      Connective tissue disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sarcoidosis)
      Diabetes mellitus
      Foods that are toxic
      Herniated disc
      Infectious disease (e.g., Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, leprosy)
      Liver failure
      Many Medications (such as Lyrica, Cymbalta, Duloxetine hydrochloride, Pregabalin, and more. See Neuropathy as a Side Effect)
      Radiation Treatment
      Surgeries that damage a nerve
      Vitamin deficiencies (e.g., pernicious anemia, etc.)
      Zinc induced copper deficiency (denture adhesive creams)
      See Factors that can Cause Neuropathy or Nerve Damage

      good luck to you

  12. Christian marr

    What are the possibilities that I might have arthritis?
    What are the causes that trigger arthritis? How can it be cured? Please explain… Thanks a lot.

    1. ★☆✿❀

      Arthritis is the term used to described inflammation of a joint.

      There are a number of causes of arthritis, so it’s difficult to simply answer your question.

      The types of arthritis caused by an autoimmune diseases affect the entire body. They cause fevers, fatigue, rashes and even organ involvement. The most common autoimmune arthritic conditions are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Psoriatic Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. It’s thought that people with these conditions have a genetic disposition and are then triggered by something like a virus, a traumatic event or for an unknown reason. These conditions are treated by steroids, anti-inflammatories, medications called Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs like low dose chemotherapy and organ rejection medication and joint replacements. Newer drugs called Biologics that are extremely expensive but very affective.

      Arthritis that’s caused by wear and tear is the most common. It’s also known as Osteoarthritis. It’s a very common condition and most people will develop Osteoarthritis at some point in their lives. You have an increased risk if you’ve had injuries or play sport or participate in activities that put strain on your joints. It’s treated with anti-inflammatories, steroid injections and joint replacements.

      Gout is another form of arthritis. If you eat a diet high in uric acid this can build up in the joints. It typically affects the big toe. It’s thought to be the most painful type of arthritis.

      There are a few other forms of arthritis. Septic Arthritis occurs when there’s an infection in the joint. You can also develop arthritis from conditions like Hemochromatosis when there’s an overload of iron in your body that can be deposited in the joints.

      There is no cure for arthritis regardless of its cause.

      Good luck.


  13. Song_bird

    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    My symptoms are: Extremely painful to walk, rashes, blood in urine, Anemia (had to get iron infusions), headaches, extreme fatigue, ect. I seen a doctor who did some x-rays, blood work & a physical exam. She recently called me & told me from my lab results came back & said i have either Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or Rheumatoid Arthritis. She said my blood work showed alot of abnormalities & even infection. She wanted me to start on a steroid right away. She put me on (10 mg pills of Prednisone) for 10 days until my follow up with a Rheumatologist. Okay my question: What is Lupus & Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    Are these 2 illnesses simular? She will be calling me back within 5 days with the other test results. Has anyone personally experienced this? She said my illness is treatable but not cureable. I’m still pretty young & this is a shock to me & i’m having a hard time dealing with not knowing what i’m dealing with i guess my new doctor will be able to answer alot of questions later.
    Thanks for the advice i will go look there.

  14. godiva

    What’s the difference between EFA and Omega 3 nutritional supplements?
    I would like to know what the functions of each one of these are, and if they contain similar nutritional value.

    1. LG

      Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are necessary fats that humans cannot synthesize, and must be obtained through diet. EFAs are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids derived from linolenic, linoleic, and oleic acids. There are two families of EFAs: Omega-3 and Omega-6. Omega-9 is necessary yet “non-essential” because the body can manufacture a modest amount on its own, provided essential EFAs are present. The number following “Omega-” represents the position of the first double bond, counting from the terminal methyl group on the molecule. Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from Linolenic Acid, Omega-6 from Linoleic Acid, and Omega-9 from Oleic Acid.
      EFAs support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. The human body needs EFAs to manufacture and repair cell membranes, enabling the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products. A primary function of EFAs is the production of prostaglandins, which regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, conception, and play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection. Essential Fatty Acids are also needed for proper growth in children, particularly for neural development and maturation of sensory systems, with male children having higher needs than females. Fetuses and breast-fed infants also require an adequate supply of EFAs through the mother’s dietary intake.
      EFA deficiency is common in the United States, particularly Omega-3 deficiency. An ideal intake ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids is between 1:1 and 4:1, with most Americans only obtaining a ratio between 10:1 and 25:1. The minimum healthy intake for both linolenic (Omega-3) and linoleic (Omega-6) acid via diet, per adult per day, is 1.5 grams of each. One tablespoon of flaxseed oil can provide this amount, or larger amounts of other linolenic-rich foods. Because high heat destroys linolenic acid, cooking in linolenic-rich oils or eating cooked linolenic-rich fish is unlikely to provide a sufficient amount.
      EFA deficiency and Omega 6/3 imbalance is linked with serious health conditions, such as heart attacks, cancer, insulin resistance, asthma, lupus, schizophrenia, depression, postpartum depression, accelerated aging, stroke, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s Disease, among others.

      Omega-3 (Linolenic Acid)

      Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) is the principal Omega-3 fatty acid, which a healthy human will convert into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and later into docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and the GLA synthesized from linoleic (Omega-6) acid are later converted into hormone-like compounds known as eicosanoids, which aid in many bodily functions including vital organ function and intracellular activity.
      Omega-3s are used in the formation of cell walls, making them supple and flexible, and improving circulation and oxygen uptake with proper red blood cell flexibility and function.
      Omega-3 deficiencies are linked to decreased memory and mental abilities, tingling sensation of the nerves, poor vision, increased tendency to form blood clots, diminished immune function, increased triglycerides and “bad” cholesterol (LDL) levels, impaired membrane function, hypertension, irregular heart beat, learning disorders, menopausal discomfort, itchiness on the front of the lower leg(s), and growth retardation in infants, children, and pregnant women.
      Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid)

      Linoleic Acid is the primary Omega-6 fatty acid. A healthy human with good nutrition will convert linoleic acid into gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which will later by synthesized, with EPA from the Omega-3 group, into eicosanoids.
      Some Omega-6s improve diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, skin disorders (e.g. psoriasis and eczema), and aid in cancer treatment.
      Although most Americans obtain an excess of linoleic acid, often it is not converted to GLA because of metabolic problems caused by diets rich in sugar, alcohol, or trans fats from processed foods, as well as smoking, pollution, stress, aging, viral infections, and other illnesses such as diabetes. It is best to eliminate these factors when possible, but some prefer to supplement with GLA-rich foods such as borage oil, black currant seed oil, or evening primrose oil.

      Found in foods:

      Flaxseed oil, flaxseeds, flaxseed meal, hempseed oil, hempseeds, grapeseed oil, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, pistachio nuts, sunflower seeds (raw), olive oil, olives, borage oil, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, chestnut oil, chicken, among many others.
      Avoid refined and hydrogenated versions of these foods.
      Corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, and cottonseed oils are also sources of linoleic acid, but are refined and may be nutrient-deficient as sold in stores.

      Omega-9 (Oleic Acid)

      Essential but technically not an EFA, because the human body can manufacture a limited amount, provided essential EFAs are present.

  15. TeriR

    Glad this helped you, but please don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s the answer for everyone with a chronic illness. Many of them are genetic and have nothing to do with food allergies.

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