Is Astaxanthin a Treatment Option For Lupus?
Every sufferer of Lupus is affected differently. Commons symptoms include skin rash, joint and muscle pain, kidney problems, and neurological disorders. With many symptoms associated with lupus, People affected are looking for many different treatments for Lupus. Astaxanthin NZ is often one health supplement which is asked about, can health supplements such as Supreme Health's Advanced Immune Support help to improve skin health?
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes skin rashes and chronic inflammation affecting multiple systems in the body. There are two types of Lupus Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (LDE) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) that follow a pattern of periodic flare-ups.
LDE is the less serious of the two, it mainly affects the skin causing non-itchy rounded, red raised rough patches commonly found on the face and often in the shape of a butterfly, but this rash can appear anywhere on the body and can suddenly occur after exposure to sunlight, stress, and illness. The skin lesions are small soft lumps that can persist years and cause scarring and baldness when on the scalp.
SLE also affects the skin in about half of sufferers but is more serious and is characterised by chronic inflammation of the organs, chronic fatigue, low grade fevers, mouth sores and leg pains and other debilitating concerns like photosensitivity (sunlight and artificial light), anaemia, insomnia, deep depression, chest pain, digestive disturbances and hair loss.
Causes of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Researchers suggest that genetic factors play an important role in the developing Lupus but they cannot rule out environmental factors as there is no single gene identified with Lupus. It seems that between 20-80 genes contribute to the risk of Lupus as well as environmental factors like UV light, viral infections, chemical sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, stress and being run down all contribute to the immune system building antibodies to its host that trigger Lupus.
Nutritional studies suggest that sufferers of SLE typically have low levels of the mineral Magnesium, gut dysbiosis, altered liver detoxification abilities, and chemical sensitivities as well as the immune system abnormalities commonly seen in autoimmune conditions.
Treatment options for lupus
Current medical treatments for both DLE and SLE often treat the symptoms of the Lupus including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), immunosuppressants, antimalarials, and oral and topical corticosteroids all of which are not recommended for long-term use and can have debilitating side-effects.
So what safe non-toxic treatment options can offer health benefits to sufferers of Lupus and other autoimmune diseases?
Leo was affected with SLE for over three Years
Leo was afflicted by SLE for over three years and tried all kinds of medicines including Chinese and western pharmaceutical medicine but nothing helped him. During this time he suffered from insomnia, painful joints and was embarrassed about his appearance, to the extent that he didn’t go out much.
Three months ago, Leo started using Supreme Health’s Advanced Immune Support – it worked for him and he says he didn’t experience any side effects, apart from his lesions started to disappear. Based on the advice of a health practitioner Leo increased his daily dose of Immune Support and the results after just six weeks speak for themselves.
The hero ingredient in Immune Support is Astaxanthin - a red carotenoid plant-based pigment that has amazing antioxidant properties that can mop up chronic oxidative damage often seen in autoimmune conditions like SLE. Recently Astaxanthin has been steadily amassing a very solid research profile across a variety of health concerns.
Microalgae-based astaxanthin from New Zealand (AstaNZ™) is available and marketed for benefits to heart health, eye health, brain health, joint health, immune health and also skin health on the strength of many recent studies.
Immune cells in autoimmune diseases are often compromised. The low levels or the complete absence of specific immune cells cause a failure to react to the autoantibodies created resulting in chronic inflammation.
So how did Advanced Immune Support offer these results for Leo?
Astaxanthin protects the high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in the cell membranes of the immune cells from lipid peroxidation and causes compromised immunity. By strengthening the immune cell membranes and protecting them from the oxidative damage it helps increase the IgG levels that react to autoantibodies to promote healing.
Taken as a dietary supplement, Astaxanthin paired with a topical skin cream may improve skin appearance and blood markers of oxidative stress highlighting that it can offer improvements in antioxidant activity in the blood, which in turn may offer positive skin health results.