So far, no one has found a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus. However, as with diabetes, another autoimmune disease, lifestyle changes are very beneficial in managing the symptoms and preventing flare-ups. Stress is a major trigger, so any stress management technique that works for you can be extremely helpful. Exposure to sunlight can also trigger flares, which means sunblock and protective clothing are a must.
Diet has been found to have a significant effect on symptoms as well. Your diet should be low in saturated fats, but omega-3 fatty acids, found in some fish, seeds and oils, may have anti-inflammatory properties and protect nerve endings. In recent years, another source of plant fat, called sterols, has also been found to support and protect the immune system.
Sterols are found in all plants, but adding more vegetables to your diet, while healthy for other reasons, won't increase your intake of sterols and their compounds, sterolins. Plant fats are strongly bonded to fiber, which means that most simply pass through the digestive system and are excreted. Supplements that extract sterols by heat processing are useless, since the compounds are destroyed by heat.
Natur-Leaf®, however, is made by obtaining sterols from Lupins sprouts, Fenugreek sprouts, Barley sprouts, Soybean sprouts, African Sunflower sprouts, Pygeum africanum, and the Wild African Potato root using a freeze-drying process that preserves their value. Plant sterols have been used in Europe for many years, but have only recently been available in the United States. Adding Natur-Leaf® to your diet will give you approximately 40 mg of these important nutrients per capsule, with no side effects.