Autoimmune disease and antioxidants?

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   Posted 3/22/2012 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I read that antioxidants can help with Sjogren's since they boost the immune system. But isn't that our PROBLEM with Sjogren's??? All autoimmune disorders that I have read about happen because the immune system is OVERactive. Seems to me that we need anti-inflammatories and immune system suppressants instead of immune system boosters. I would like to have your feed-back on this topic. Thanks.

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   Posted 7/22/2012 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Antioxidants destroy the free radicals in our body that cause cancer and a whole host of diseases, including Parkinson's. The AI diseases attack our body and the attack can be misguided as we all know. Every buddies body react different to food, supplements and medicines. You can overdue anything. They say if you smoke cigarettes that antioxidants actually contribute to getting cancer. There are so many things out there.

Whether you are on a special diet, taking supplements or taking meds...all your doctors should be aware of what you are doing and what each of the doctors is doing too. It is a team effort, so it is important not to go out as a lone wolf and on your own. Remember sometimes a little is good and more is not.

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   Posted 7/22/2012 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   

In general, people with Lupus and/or Sjogren's should avoid things that are promoted as 'boosting' the immune system -- for the exact reason you pointed out. Most of us are on some sort of anti-inflammatory, if not regularly then at least from time-to-time as flares occur.

I myself am not sure of the antioxidants because they seem to me to be a step removed -- they indirectly, rather than directly, affect the immune system.

In any case, *always* consult with your medical team before making drastic changes in food, vitamins/supplements, OTC meds -- it is quite possible that the "standard" claims/recommendations for some of these substances are exactly the opposite if you have an autoimmune disease.

And even when you get clarifying direction from your Dr, it should not be applied to another patient -- it is the combination of meds, supplements, and how your particular instance of the disease acts that makes each of us unique in fighting these diseases.

Good luck!
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   Posted 11/17/2012 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I dont know if this will help any of you, but I started using 20 billion probiotics and it seems to help my total system.  My stomach is not so messed up now and with the prilosec, along with the probiotics, I am not throwing up my food any longer.  My hair also seems to be getting better also.  I am reading alot, and it mentioned that if your digestive system is not working properly then everything else falls apart as well.  So my number one item was to get my digestive system working properly then I will go to the next step.  Seems to be working. 

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   Posted 11/29/2012 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Sjogren's Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder (much like arthritis or lupus) that characteristically attacks the mucous membranes and results in symptoms of a dry mouth and dry, sore eyes, fatigue, vaginal dryness, dry or rashy skin, and arthritic symptoms. Some of natural ways of curing it are hydration and lubrication, drinking plenty of water, using moisturizers, saline eye drops, humidifiers, and even chewing gum can help relieve symptoms.

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   Posted 11/29/2012 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I belong to a lupus study which asks specificially on each survey if I've been taking vitamin C (antioxidant), vit B complex, vit D, Calcium, multi-vitamin and/or DHEA. Perhaps in a few years when the study is completed we may at least know how these affect lupus. Sorry I can't say the same for my Sjogren's. Love, Butterflake
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