The Best Supplements for Autoimmune Disease
What are the best supplements for Autoimmune Disease?
When you are dealing with autoimmune disease, finding something that works for your body can be tricky. Autoimmune disease is when your own body starts attacking your tissue such as thyroid, joint tissue, organs, or nerves. Supporting the body to repair and relax is important when dealing with autoimmune disease. Inflammation is high with autoimmune disease so focusing on reducing inflammation is important. The best way to do this is by following a low inflammatory diet.
It is also very important to understand we are all unique, with a unique set of internal and external factors that impact our lives. A supplement that works fine for one person might not work for you, and vice versa. Our needs and tolerances are highly individualized.
That being said, let’s look at the best herbs and vitamins for autoimmune disease.
The Best Supplements for Autoimmune Disease
Fruits & Greens
I’ve found adding greens to my day makes a huge difference in my energy levels and brain clarity.
It’s important for lowering inflammation and supporting gut health. Nutridyn's Fruits & Greens daily drink has been one of my favorites to add to my morning smoothies.
It is an easy-to-mix, great tasting, nutrient-rich super blend of 100% natural fruit and vegetable extracts, vitamins, & enzymes without added sugar or extra fillers.
It can be difficult to keep greens fresh in your fridge so this powder has been so helpful to have around.
Probiotics for Autoimmune
Since the root of autoimmune disease is in the gut, probiotics are a must to restore healthy gut bacteria.
Bad bacteria and candida can tear away the lining of the gut leading to leaky gut. Probiotics help to restore healthy bacteria and have been shown to reduce the autoimmune response.
I love Metagenics UltraFlora Balance and doTERRA's PBAssist for a daily probiotic.
Vitamin D for Autoimmune Disease
Almost all people struggling with autoimmune disease have low vitamin D levels.
It plays a role in helping the body figure out a proper immune response. Vitamin D has been found to inhibit Th17 cytokine production which significantly lowers inflammation. (source). Most of us do not get enough natural sunlight for our bodies to produce the level of Vitamin D needed to achieve optimal levels. Especially those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere. This is why I choose Metagenics D3 +K2 which is designed for greater absorption. This high potency formula also includes bioavailable forms of vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7) to complement vitamin D.
Zinc for Autoimmune Disease
Zinc deficiency has direct ties to pro-inflammatory cells and has been found in the majority of autoimmune patients. (source) Your white blood cells depend on zinc for production. Zinc is a foundational nutrient and a good place to start if your health is struggling. Both Pure Encapsulations and Thorne band are great Zinc supplements but be sure to take zinc with a meal because it can cause slight nausea if taken on an empty stomach.
Fish Oil for Autoimmune
Fish oil has a mild effect on reducing inflammation but it has been shown to prevent relapse in some studies. Overall it supports brain and immune health and reduces the risk for heart disease.
Finding quality fish oil can be a struggle. Nordic Naturals is one of the only brands I trust and love their Omega 3 soft gels.
Glutathione is your body’s main detoxifier. It’s normally found in the liver and your body is supposed to produce adequate amounts. If your health is struggling you may need to supplement glutathione so your body can properly detox. Glutathione is essential for your health and shouldn’t be overlooked.
I love Quicksilver Scientifics Liposomal Glutathione. Because most oral glutathione breaks down in the stomach before reaching cells, Dr. Christopher Shade, PhD, developed Quicksilvers Liposomal Glutathione. Liposomes protect the core ingredients from the digestive system and increase their uptake and transport. As a result, Liposomal Glutathione is a highly effective way to supplement glutathione.
It’s one of the supplements for autoimmune disease, you can find.
*Always talk to your doctor about whether you should be taking any or all of these supplements. There are certain conditions for which certain supplements may be contraindicated and certain medications with which some supplements could react.
The Root of Autoimmune Disease
The real root of autoimmune disease is in your gut.
What you add to your diet, what you take away from your diet and the quality of the food you eat will have the largest impact on impacting your health.
You can't supplement yourself "out of" Autoimmune Disease or improve your health without addressing your diet and lifestyle factors. Continuing to eat foods that cause an autoimmune inflammatory condition will only worsen your symptoms. In order for autoimmune to stop and even reverse… you have to cut out those foods you are reacting to.
This is one of the reasons I developed my coaching practice to specifically help those of you who are looking for clarity around what to eat and how to support your body so you can restore your health and heal.
I have a simple program with step-by-step instructions on exactly what to eat to help you. Click here to get started.