6 Common Nutritional Deficiencies for People with Autoimnunity


The most common nutrient deficiencies that research has found in people with autoimmune diseases are:

1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a critical role in your immune system. It modulates your autoimmune response by stimulating regulatory T cells, which are responsible for differentiating between dangerous invaders and "self" cells. Vitamin D also supports the immune system against viral and bacterial infections that can trigger or worsen autoimmune conditions.

2. Omega 3s

Because our diet tends to contain more polyunsaturated vegetable oils instead of the healthy oils found in fatty fish, nuts, and seeds, many people are deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that Omega-3 oils can support an appropriate inflammatory response and your immune system.

3. B Vitamins

B vitamins do more than just provide energy for our cells. They also impact immune function, hormones, mood, sleep, nerves, circulation, and digestion. Vitamin B12, for example, supports the production of white blood cells, which are essential components of the immune system. When you are low in B12, your white blood cell count is lowered, impacting your immune system.

4. Selenium

This mineral has been shown as essential for modulating immune and inflammatory responses. It is also a vital nutrient for supporting thyroid function.

5. Zinc

Zinc affects multiple aspects of your immune system, from your skin barrier to gene regulation within lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). In fact, zinc is essential for the production of white blood cells.

6. Magnesium

Magnesium is important for immune function and heart health. Magnesium is the mineral that most people are chronically lacking due to high stress levels and high-sugar diets (sugar impacts magnesium levels). This deficiency can lead to increased production of proinflammatory cytokines, which can have a negative impact on the immune response. 

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