Your immune system is a complex machine, and like a car, it cannot function properly without the proper fuel. There are six key nutrients that are the premium fuel for your immune system. If we suffer from key nutrient deficiencies, we run the risk of our immune system running rampant and attacking the body's own tissues, leading to autoimmunity.
When an autoimmune patient comes for medical help, I not only check for infections, toxins, and stress that could be sabotaging your immune system, but I also look for key nutrients that might be missing. Restoring optimal levels of these nutrients is an important step in reversing autoimmune diseases and also in preventing the development of other autoimmune diseases.
6 nutrient deficiencies linked to autoimmunity
These are the six nutrients that research has linked to autoimmune disease, and that are most noticeable in autoimmune patients.
1. Vitamin D
Even if you live in a hot climate and get lots of sunlight, your vitamin D levels may still be less than optimal. This is particularly problematic for autoimmune patients because vitamin D plays a critical role in the immune system. Regulates and prevents autoimmunity by stimulating regulatory T cells, which are responsible for differentiating between dangerous invaders and "self" cells. When vitamin D promotes these cells, it teaches the immune system not to attack itself.
Vitamin D also supports your ability to fight viral and bacterial infections that can trigger or worsen autoimmune conditions.
2. Omega 3