Traditionally, there have been four main categories of medicines used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen are used to treat inflammation and reduce pain. Anti-malarial drugs are often prescribed for mild or cutaneous lupus symptoms. Steroids--particularly prednisone--and immunosuppressants have been routinely prescribed for severe lupus.
All of these drugs, however, are associated with serious side effects. NSAIDs are implicated in ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, as well as kidney malfunction. The most serious side effect of anti-malarial drugs is damage to the retina, which can be irreversible. Steroids and immunosuppressants have particularly toxic side effects and can even be life threatening.
In recent years, an alternative to these expensive and potentially very harmful medications has been discovered. Sterols, which are naturally occurring substances found in all plants, have been shown to support and modulate the immune system. Unfortunately, dietary sources of sterols are ineffective, since the compounds bond to fiber and are simply excreted.
Natur-Leaf® is a nutritional supplement composed of plant sterols and sterolins in a 6:1 ratio--identical to that found in nature. The sterols are derived from Lupins sprouts, Fenugreek sprouts, Barley sprouts, Soybean sprouts, African Sunflower sprouts, Pygeum africanum, and the Wild African Potato root. The sprouts are harvested and freeze-dried, which allows the sterols and sterolins to be obtained without destroying their effectiveness. Each Natur-Leaf® capsule contains about 40 mg of these nutrients. Perhaps the best news of all for lupus sufferers is that after thousands of people have used Natur-Leaf® to support their immune systems, there have been no reported side effects!