Q&A: Is Beet Juice Good For Lupus?
Q: Is drinking beet juice good for lupus? – E. S.
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.
When lupus attacks the kidneys, the damage can be life-threatening. Beet juice boosts the glutathione levels in your body. Glutathione is naturally produced by the human body and is known as the body’s master antioxidant and detoxifier. Virtually every cell of the body uses it to neutralize toxins. We therefore need this substance to protect our eyes, skin, kidneys, liver and many other organs from toxic byproducts produced by the body through normal metabolism.
If your system is rich in glutathione because of your consumption of beet juice key organs can perform their essential function of pulling these harmful toxins into the colon from where they can be flushed down the toilet.
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Without adequate levels of glutathione, many environmental toxins will however remain inside your body and possibly cause health problems.