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Why should people with lupus avoid alfalfa sprouts?

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People with lupus should avoid alfalfa sprouts. Alfalfa tablets have been associated with lupus flares or a lupus-like syndrome that includes muscle pain, fatigue, abnormal blood test results, and kidney problems. These problems may be due to a reaction to an amino acid found in alfalfa sprouts and seeds. This amino acid can activate the immune system. Garlic may do the same.

From: Lupus Diet and Nutrition WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Nutrition and Lupus Part 1: Ways to Maintain a Healthy Diet.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals, 3rd Edition: Patient Information Sheet #9, Nutrition and Lupus.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How to Reduce Corticosteroid Side Effects” and “Nutrition and Supplements to Reduce Medication Side Effects in Myositis.”

The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center.

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 9, 2017

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Nutrition and Lupus Part 1: Ways to Maintain a Healthy Diet.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals, 3rd Edition: Patient Information Sheet #9, Nutrition and Lupus.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How to Reduce Corticosteroid Side Effects” and “Nutrition and Supplements to Reduce Medication Side Effects in Myositis.”

The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center.

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 9, 2017

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