7 / 11 Consider Vitamin D
A research review of the effect of vitamin D on lupus, published in 2013 in the journal PLoS ONE, identified 10 studies that found that a decrease in vitamin D levels was associated with an increase in lupus symptoms. “Lack of sun exposure may contribute to vitamin D deficiency. It’s not clear if lupus leads to low vitamin D or low vitamin D leads to lupus. Vitamin D supplements can be used if levels are low,” Ghaw says. Talk to your doctor about whether this is a good option for you.