Autoimmune Disorders and Healthy Supplementation
What are autoimmune disorders and how do people get them?
Immune system disorders cause either abnormally low activity of the immune system or over activity. In cases of over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues. This over activity is also known as autoimmune disease. Other immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders. This leaves the body vulnerable to infections.
People with autoimmune disorders struggle because instead of producing antibodies that fight infection when faced with an unknown trigger, the immune system starts attacking their own tissues. Reducing immune system activity as a whole is often the only treatment for those with such diseases. There are over a hundred different types of autoimmune disorders, and the exact causes are unknown. Some theories include the idea that some microorganisms or drugs potentially trigger changes that confuse the immune system. Much more research needs to be done on the topic.
Some of the most common immune system disorders are Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Inflammatory bowel disease, Multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes mellitus, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Chronic-inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Psoriasis, Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Myasthenia gravis, and Vasculitis. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/autoimmune-diseases. We aren’t going to get into the specifics of each of these autoimmune diseases today. Instead, we will explore some of the healthy supplements that can be used for some of these conditions.
Elderberry, Cat’s claw, lemon balm, and licorice root are herbs known to support the immune system response. Patients should always check with their doctors before taking herbal supplements. Patients with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, celiacs disease, and lupus must consult prior to taking elderberry. Elderberry is known to stimulate the immune system and interfere with medications used to suppress the immune system for these patients. http://www.mensahmedical.com/elderberry-benefits-dangers-patients/.
Lemon balm on the other hand has been used successfully on patients with thyroid related immune disorders such as Graves’ disease. https://www.rxlist.com/lemon_balm/supplements.htm.
Vitamin D, C and Zinc are great vitamins that boost your immune system. These are known to be the best vitamin supplements to help protect you. Studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin D can help with the severity of autoimmune thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s. https://wellseek.co/2017/05/01/3-nutrient-supplements-benefit-autoimmune-conditions/ Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder that affects the function of the thyroid by attacking it. Thus the thyroid can no longer produce the correct amount of hormones. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/endocrine-diseases/hashimotos-disease.
All of the vitamins and supplements mentioned above are found in our unique formula. We here at the Vital Plant encourage you to take steps to protect your immune system. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease we highly suggest speaking with your physician before supplanting to ensure there are no complications or interferences with your current medications.