Q&A: Is Beet Juice Good For Lupus?

beet juiceQ: Is drinking beet juice good for lupus? – E. S.

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A: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. Some symptoms include rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

About 1.5 million Americans have lupus and one-third of them will develop kidney involvement, or lupus nephritis, as a result, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. Most at risk for lupus nephritis are African-Americans under the age of 25 and children with lupus. African-American men are considered high risk. Just recently, actor and rapper Nick Cannon, husband of Mariah Carey, told various media outlets that he has lupus nephritis.