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July 9, 2009, last updated August 1, 2013

By Susan M. Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of Registered
Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and other members of our Editorial

Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus)  is an autoimmune
disease in which the body's immune system turns its attack on
the body itself.  According to the Centers for Disease Control,
an estimated 2 million Americans suffer from lupus.  As is the
case with other auto-immune diseases such as
Celiac's and
diabetes Type I, dietary changes can profoundly affect the
quality of your life with lupus.  While no one food or diet can
prevent lupus or even relieve all of the debilitating symptoms
of lupus in every case, studies have found that certain foods
can help.  Is there a single best breakfast for lupus sufferers?  
In other words, can we identify an ideal breakfast for lupus
from current medical research?

Is There Really an Ideal Diet for Lupus?

Several diet recommendations for lupus have drawn
controversy. Among these are the "raw food diet" and other
popular diets that eschew entire food groups.  None of these
diets has ever been proven effective in controlling the
symptoms of lupus in a controlled, double blind study.

That said, certain well-designed research studies have
identified general lupus diet recommendations.  These foods
essentially are either anti-inflammatory or anti-oxidant,
meaning they either reduce internal inflammation and swelling
or slow the aging process in general. It should not surprise
you to learn the classic American diet is highly inflammatory.
Animal fats, refined sugar, white flour are all extremely
inflammatory.  So pancakes and bacon--out. Sausages and
waffles --out?  But what's in? What should someone with
lupus eat for breakfast?

Best Breakfast to Reduce Lupus Inflammation and Lupus Pain

1.        Flaxseed Cereal.  As we have noted in our lupus diet
recommendations, flaxseed tops the list of foods which
research has identified as helpful in reducing the inflammation
and pain of lupus. Fortunately, there are many
brands of flax seed cereal available in the market today.  
However, you must study the labels to ensure that absolutely
no wheat is included in the cereals.

Avoid generic "mixed grain" labels, which often are a code for
predominantly wheat cereals. Wheat and gluten are grains
which causes flares in many lupus sufferers. Wheat is a
common culprit in the causes of auto-immune diseases. In
fact, maintaining a gluten-free diet is the established treatment
for Celiac's disease. Reducing gluten in your diet is likely to
help to reduce the recurrence of  
mouth ulcers, a common
symptom of lupus.

As between cold and hot preparations for flaxseed cereal,
choose hot preparations similar to the way you prepare
oatmeal. Cold preparations often encourage the use of milk or
soy, both of which are
foods problematic for lupus suffers.

2. Lox on Rye Crisp Bread or Crackers.  Salmon lox contain
high concentrations of omega-3 acids which are on our list of
recommended lupus foods.  Omega-3 fatty acids are generally
anti-inflammatory, working to reduce not only pain and
swelling but also benefiting your overall cardiovascular health.

Blueberries.  Top your flaxseed cereal with a handful of
blueberries, rich in phytochemicals and anti-oxidants which
reduce inflammation.

Of course, as with all recommended lupus diets, you should
leave out all sugar and refined carbohydrates.

Find out more anti-inflammatory foods to improve your
general health:
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