Today over 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases. This condition occurs when the immune system sees the healthy cells as foreign, and decides that they are dangerous.

In this condition, the immune system attacks the healthy cells, and this affects one or more different types of body tissue. There are over 80 different types of autoimmune diseases.

Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune Diseases

Often these diseases come with little or no symptoms, and there is no cure for them. Researchers suggest that genetics only account about 1/3 of autoimmune disease factors.

They claim that diet, lifestyle and environmental triggers are much larger reasons for this condition.

Dr. William Cole, a specialist in functional medicine and clinical nutrition, strongly recommends 5 nutrients for those who suffer from autoimmune disorders. With these nutrients patients can fight the disease and eventually remove the problem.

  1. Vitamin A

The deficiency of vitamin A can be linked to some autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin A regulates the “calm down” message to the immune system, and this can tone down excessive immune response that is damaging the body.

Vitamin A is found in animal products such as fish, liver, shellfish, but it can be found also in carrots and sweet potatoes.

  1. Vitamin K2

Vitamin K2 is the most common nutrient deficiencies in the western diet. Vitamin K2 is very effective at inhibiting the pro-inflammatory iNOS in the spinal cord and the brain immune system.

Vitamin K2 is best paired with Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Vitamin K2 can be found in grass-fed oil and a food called Natto- Japanese superfood made from soybeans.

  1. Vitamin D

This vitamin is very essential for many immunological and metabolic pathways in the human body. This includes Th17 cells which are helper T- cells that produce inflammatory chemicals.

If these Th17 cells are out of control, you surely will have autoimmune disorders. Vitamin D can help the inflammatory response to these Th17 cells.

Spend some time on sunshine outdoors to soak some of this essential vitamin.

  1. Iron (2)

Many autoimmune diseases can be linked to Iron deficiency. Stored iron is absorbed in the intestines.

Leaky gut syndrome and damage of the gut lining can be considered as preconditions for autoimmunity. To put the iron deficiency under control consume Iron- rich foods such as spinach and grass-fed beef.

  1. Micronutrients- Magnesium

The deficiencies of micronutrients like zinc, selenium and magnesium can be associated to several autoimmune diseases. Chronic inflammation can decrease the absorption of these essential nutrients.

These micronutrients are also very essential for the thyroid hormone. Problems with the thyroid are the most common autoimmune conditions.

Brazil nuts, seeds etc. are good source of these micronutrients.

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According to Dr. Cole, you need to follow these steps if you struggle with autoimmune disorders.

  1. Check your nutrient level
  2. Avoid your trigger foods
  3. Find out if you have absorption issues
  4. Consider a functional medicine evaluation
  5. Implement natural methods