As an autoimmune disease, juvenile arthritis results in a lot of inflammation, pain, and a weakened immune system. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “Autoimmune conditions are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues.”
Supplements for Arthritis and Immune System Support
Traditional medications prescribed for JA address the effects of the body’s attack on itself, but unfortunately can do little to address the causes. In addition to responding to the results with traditional medicine, it becomes imperative then to attempt to help the body find the immune balance that it lacks.
That’s where nutrition and supplements come into play.
Below are five supplements that aid in supporting the body’s natural systems, helping it to function at its best. Of course, you should always check with your child’s rheumatologist before introducing any supplements to ensure safe interaction with any medication they are currently taking.
Aside from helping our bones stay strong, Vitamin D also has beneficial effects on our immune systems. Vitamin D helps to maintain the proper functioning of the immune system by producing over 200 antimicrobial peptides that help fight all sorts of infections.
Recently, researchers have found that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in autoimmune disease, such as JA, causing some to think that intake of this vitamin can help the body recover its normal immune responses.
Because of the belief that a “leaky gut” can cause autoimmune diseases, health research has recently been focused on balancing the bacteria that live in our gut, called gut microbiota or gut flora. When that group of bacteria is unbalanced, various chemicals can be released from our intestinal area into the rest of the body, creating all kinds of imbalances and weakening our immune system.
Ingestion of microbiotics, both prebiotics and probiotics, are suggested to balance our microbiota and therefore restore the body to balance.
It’s a no brainer that vitamin C is helpful to boost the immune system. What might be of little knowledge, however, is that vitamin C is a great supplement for helping to create protection against the unfortunate effects of autoimmune disorders.
Vitamin C helps cells to protect themselves from misdirected immune response attacks. It also helps to reorder the immune system, making it more selective about what it considers a threat to the body.
Inflammation is an unfortunate result of many autoimmune disorders, juvenile arthritis being one of them, and, when the body is under the stresses of chronic inflammation, can be very harmful to the overall healthy functioning of our systems.
Omega-3s, as pointed out in “Fighting Arthritis with Food” can significantly reduce inflammation and the pain that accompanies it, helping the body to steer its energy and resources away from attacking itself, and towards supporting its own health and healing.
A dietary supplement bursting with rosemary, ginger, turmeric, green tea, basil, and other natural anti-inflammatory extracts, Zyflamend is a wonderful addition to your anti-inflammatory regimen.
Especially attractive about this supplement is the convenience of having so many beneficial herbs in one capsule. Having taken it myself when I was battling JA, I believe it contributed to my going into remission roughly a year after being diagnosed.