10 foods to CALM immune system

TUMERIC
GARLIC
OREGANO
RED BELL PEPPERS
GREEN TEA
PUMPKIN
GINGER
OYSTERS
BROCCOLI
YOGURT

found this info on a website for autoimmune health.
any thoughts anyone---agree or disagree?


THANKS DJ

Edited February 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

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Well...it's a bit tricky with "auto"-immune diseases. Thing is that we (those with auto-immune) diseases can't afford to or will even worsen our symptoms if we "boost" our immune system. Our immune system IS working....it's just working AGAINST us! Some malfunction has caused it to attack our own bodies as if it were a threat. SO it's really not that our immune system isn't working....it just isn't working correctly. So let's say that we do things to strengthen/boost it...then really it will attack our body even MORE! Not something we want. I know it can be confusing. I have such a hard time explaining it to people who are always (well meaning) offering products to help boost my immune system. There are however some supplements/products that can be helpful/safe for us with auto-immune disorders...but we really need to look into it before we take them. - Jayne

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Sorry...just forgot to add to my comment that I really didn't see anything on your list that wouldn't be safe for us "auto-immune" types - however the term "boost your immune system" is what really concerned me most. - Thanks - Jayne

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Hey J

Thank-you for the info---there is so much to learn with this disorder.
Hope all is well!!

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I was thinking the same thing. All the meds I am taking are designed to "weaken" my immune system. So to take anything that "boosts" it would(I would think) counteractive.

After more than a decade with this disease. I still find that I need to do more research.

Jeri

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Oh yes another ditto on the list of foods. All are good and I do eat many of them regularly. I was just thinking about supplemental vitamins and other drugs that boost immune system.. Sorry I get off track too often

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The list of foods look healthy. I had a doctor tell me that it wasn't an overactive immune system like a lot of the auto-immune diseases, but a misguided (even stagnant) one. They explain it that the lymph cells circulate through the body but come back to the same place (kinda like a cop on a beat who wanders around but comes back to the same central place). He said that in sarc, certain immune cells don't circulate, they stay in one place and keep working at something (virus, bacteria, pollen, toxin, whatever). So anything to get you immune cells back to moving around is good. Anyway, for what it's worth.
Warmly,
Roberta (from FL)

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Hi need to know,

Your research is good, and I am sure you found these items as good stuff on auto immune web site(s). However I think you have confused the terminology. These are all anti-inflammatory items, not anti-immune, or pro immune.

There are several on this site who have found some value Tumeric as an anti inflammatory to reduce the inflammation caused by sarc. It does not boost the immune system, but decreases the inflammation caused by our over active immune responses. They are really more like things to 'calm' the immune system, rather than 'boost'.

Good research though and great list, as many of us have found help from these items.

God's speed
DJ in California

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Me again need to know,

You might want to edit your discussion and change the word 'boost'

Just a thought.

DJ

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Hi Challenged.

It seems like I am enrolled into a Masters Program (Sarc PHD) ===so much to learn!!
Is it okay to take a multivitamin that has vit d in it??
Hope all is well with you. Thanks for the thoughts.

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@redfish----thanks for that analagy and interesting info---i was so wrong about it---my goodness!!!
sending you warm thoughts from cold Canada :)

@dj---thanks for that----no wonder i am ever so thankful for this site----greatly appreciated your guidance and clarification
---how do i edit my post??? going to try to give it a whirl------mucho thanks again

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Inn Flamation.
I think I stayed there for a week one night.

Is not Sarc basically inflammation that will not go away?
Inflamation go away, come again some other day.

What I wonder about is:
If the granulomas are formed from T-Cells, B-Cells and so on AND
the granuloma produced Hydrogen Peroxide to kill the invader,
does said Granx keep on producing the peroxide. Since the
calcium shell does not dissolve (non-caseating) is it still
"ALIVE" and granuloming it's granulomass off?

I find Med MJ to be the best Auntie Inflammatory for me.
Also, the side effects/affects are much better than the other
choices. At least for me. Your actual mileage might vary.

laissez les bon temps rouler

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For me, I cannot take multivitamins. I seem to be more sensitive than most to the vit d issue. But some can take d with no problems.

This is one of the reasons that doctors are as (or more) confused about this disease than the patients. It manifest itself in unique ways in everyone. There is no "one size fits all" treatment plan.

For me, my sarc is resistant to all treatments tried. But it seems to be slowed by my current treatment > Cytoxan oral 100mg, prednisone 30mg (tapering down), and vit D/ sun avoidance.

There seems to be as many unique treatment options as there are people that have this monster.

I pray that you find what works for you.

Keep eating all those foods and try more diet options too. Many here have great results with gluten free diets and also cherries or cherry juice is great!

God bless

Jeri

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I'm also very sensitive to Vit. D. I go to GREAT lengths to avoid it in food, daylight, etc. Not every sarcie has this, though. You may do great. o<]:o)


"Nice try, Sarc, but I'm still here"

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Damn!!! No wonder I am in trouble.

I absolutely HATE garlic and wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. Oysters would be next - they have never passed my lips ever. Tumeric isn't much better. I am not fussed with Ginger, I could stomach ginger beer, but it would be far down my list of bevies. Pumpkin I have always hated and will only eat baked. Broccoli is little better, tiny bits in a quiche perhaps????

I don't mind oregano. And could force myself to eat yoghurt (had some yesterday) and drink green tea.

I LOVE bell peppers but you can forget chilli.

Yesiree I am a very picky, fussy eater and was from the word go. I was a nightmare for my parents, but I believe kids today are 10 times worse.
My friend worked at the local teaching hospital and dozens of sick kids would eat nothing but chips (or French fries if you are in the US).

Pris

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Hi,

Put those 10 ingredients together plus a pizza base & we have DOMINO'S SARKIES' SPECIAL.............mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Cheers

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I collected this list of foods that may compliment the treatment for sarcoidosis. The anti-inflammatories are basically self explanatory. The probiotics, however, are to help your immune system. Most of your immune system is in your digestive tract. You have an auto immune disease and are taking an immuno-suppressant. So, to help protect you from other illnesses these will give you "good bacteria". I was told by a doctor many years ago that using the probiotics is an excellent way to cure diarrhea and some other general GI illnesses. There are many great recipes using these ingredients.



ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

VEGETABLES

Limu Moui

Kelp

Cauliflower

Spinach

Bell Peppers

Bok Choy

Broccoli

Broccoli Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Chard

Collards

Fennel Bulb

Garlic

Green Beans

Green Onions/Spring Onions

Kale

Leeks

Olives

Spinach

Turnip Greens

Broccoli

Sweet Potato





FRIUTS

Acerola (West Indian) Cherries

Apples

Avocados

Black Currants

Blueberries

Fresh Pineapple

Guavas

Kiwifruit

Kumquats

Lemons

Limes

Mulberries

Oranges

Papaya

Raspberries

Rhubarb

Strawberries

Tomatoes

Pineapple

Goji Berries

Blackberries

Cranberries





HERBS AND SPICES

Basil

Cayenne Peppers/Chilli Peppers

Cinnamon

Cloves

Cocoa (at least 70% cocoa chocolate)

Licorice

Mint

Oregano

Parsley

Rosemary

Thyme

Turmeric

Ginger





OILS

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Avacado Oil





NUTS AND SEEDS

Almonds

Flaxseed/Linseed

Hazelnuts

Sunflower Seeds

Walnuts





SEA FOOD

Anchovies

Mackerel

Cod

Halibut

Herring

Oysters

Rainbow Trout

Salmon

Sardines

Snapper Fish

Striped Bass

Tuna

Whitefish





DRINKS

Green Tea





FUNGUS

Shiitake mushroom





PROBIOTICS

Yogurt (must have live cultures)

Buttermilk

Tempeh

Miso

Sauerkraut

Kim chi

Brewer's yeast

Kefir

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Your welcome!

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Hi Pris!
Nice to meet a fellow fussy eater on this site! I would suggest you try garlic pills, mostly when you think you're coming down with something or when you're surrounded by sick people.

Because you don't hate broccoli, I would also suggest slowly increasing the amount that you eat. Did you know it takes twelve times eating something before you get used to the taste?

I learned to draw a line between what I hate and what I don't like. I wil NOT eat mayonnaise nor mustard. EVER! Forget it! But I switched to whole wheat bread 25 years ago by not having other bread in the house and opening my mind to it. Moved from two sugars in my coffee to just one by just doing it and got used to that to. Baby steps work best for me.

Personally, I hate it when people try to convince me to eat things that I don't like; they just don't get it. So I know you're not too happy with me right now... Sorry!

Louise

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I eat almost all of these foods and having positive results, I also find eating slow and smaller meals helps a lot with avoiding inflammation. The one thing I don't ever see when reading about helpful foods ever is wheatgrass. I know for some people the taste is a lil strange, but if you can stand it, it works in amazingly! I have cardiac sarcoid, and since I started taking it my symptoms have been very minimal. It not only helps the inflammation but seems to help control the heart arrhythimias! ( could possibly help pulm. sarc sufferers too, since it helps circulation). I ve also noticed I have more energy now and sleep better at night. Anyone who wants to try it, just start with a one oz serving once or twice aday and see if you noticed a difference. (One oz contains the same amount of vitamins and minerals as 2.5 lbs of green veggies) Hope this helps!!

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Hey Pris,

I take the Garlic & Tumeric in supplement/vitamin form. If you think you might try the garlic suppl...get the gel form that specifically says "non-repeating". Just a thought. - Jayne

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