Can nutritional deficiencies cause inflammation? When autoimmune diseases flare, it’s often due to inflammation. Conventional doctors will give you medicines that suppress your immune system. Why? The widely accepted theory is that when you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks the problem, leading to the inflammation, which worsens the disease. How do I know this? Know it? I’ve lived it. But what if the inflammation is actually caused by nutrient deficiency? Are nutrient deficiencies causing my inflammation?
Nutrient deficiencies can definitely cause inflammation.
So can bad habits. There are a number of supplements that may help fight it. When my doctors told me I was seriously lacking in Vitamin D, I knew exactly why. I don’t get outside as much in the winter as I should. I work at home. That prompted me to do a little research. Maybe there were other nutrient deficiencies causing my inflammation.
Which nutrients might I be lacking?
According to my research, there’s quite a long list of nutrients, proteins, vitamins and enzymes responsible for keeping inflammation at bay. Here are a few of the most important:
Follow the links above. You’ll find information on each of the supplements listed and how they may help decrease inflammation.
How do I know which deficiency is responsible for my inflammation?
In my case, I already know that my vegetarian diet necessitates taking Vitamin B12. My doctor has prescribed Vitamin D and Folic Acid. I take a multivitamin that includes an adequate amount of C, D, and E vitamins. I also take Zinc. That leaves me with Omega 3, CoQ10 and Magnesium. I started taking these three supplements today in the hopes they will help reduce my inflammation.
Every case is different.
Just because there are supplements I may need, doesn’t mean they will work for everyone. By analyzing your personal habits, diet and the type of foods these supplements are found in, you should get a pretty good idea of what you may be lacking.
Talk to your doctor.
Your doctor can do blood tests that reveal any nutritional deficiencies you may have. (That’s how I found out about my deficiencies.) Compare your own deficiencies to the list of nutrients responsible for curbing inflammation. While there is no guarantee that your problem will be solved by nutritional supplements, it certainly won’t hurt to take those you are deficient in, if your doctor has no objections.
Disclaimer: The author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is for informational purposes only. It’s based on personal experience and research. It should not replace professional medical advice.
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