Sarcoidosis is a condition where there is a development of fleshy swellings, called granulomas, in lymph nodes, skin and lung tissue. A granuloma develops in response to chronic inflammation and in sarcoidosis, resemble those that occur in tuberculosis. Sarcoidosis infection may not bring about any symptoms and resolve by itself. In other cases there may be muscle aches and pains, fever, weight loss, cough, shortness of breath. Most cases clear up without treatment, but in some cases need steroids to suppress the immune response.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Echinacea||Activates all actions of the immune system and is very useful if there is already an infection.||500mg 3 times daily|
|Garlic||Garlic exerts broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity against a variety of pathogens including; viruses, bacteria, fung. It also has antioxidant properties that offer protection against oxidation caused bytoxins.||80-160mg daily|
|Vitamin A||Stimulates immune activity and help prevent infection getting into the mucous membranes. Essential if you already have an infection.||5000-10,000iu daily|
|Vitamin C||Vitamin C increases white blood cell function, interferon production and antibody activity. Also helps inflamed mucous membranes to heal.||1000mg 3 times daily|
|Bioflavanoids||Anti-oxidant, can help to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.||as directed|
|Carotenoids||Anti-oxidant with immune boosting properties.||as directed|
|Zinc||Zinc is a primary nutrient in immune function, particularly due to its beneficial effects on thymus gland function and white blood cell function. It is also required for the liberation of stored vitamin A from the liver.||15-30mg daily|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
It’s really important to do everything you can to support your immune system. See Immune Support.
Avoid sugar as it makes the body less efficient at destroying bacteria.
Avoid smoking and alcohol.
Make sure you get adequate amounts of sleep.
Get some fresh air every day and go for a brisk walk at least 3 times a week.