Systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic, debilitating and sometimes fatal disease that can be manifested in many different parts of the body. Most often lupus affects the skin, joints, blood, heart and kidneys. About 90 percent of lupus sufferers in the United States are women. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means it results from a patient's immune system attacking her own body.
The disease can be difficult to diagnose because it can mimic many other diseases. The most common symptoms are joint pain, fever, skin rashes and fatigue. Other symptoms may include chest pain, hair loss, weight loss, and sleep disorders. Complications such as kidney failure, blood clots, pleurisy and disorders of the central nervous system may occur.
There is currently no treatment that can cure lupus. Various medications are prescribed to treat the many different symptoms and organ involvements, but often there are problematic side effects. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, for instance, may cause gastric ulcers or kidney and liver complications. Steroids and immunosuppressant drugs present even more dangerous side effects.
Recent research points to plant sterols as offering support for the immune system with no side effects. Natur-Leaf® capsules provide about 40 mg of sterols, sterolins and related phytonutrients. Ingredients include Lupins sprouts, Fenugreek sprouts, Barley sprouts, Soybean sprouts, African Sunflower sprouts, Pygeum africanum, and the Wild African Potato root.