Sarcoidosis develops when abnormal cells inflame the lungs. This inflammation may also affect the liver, eyes and skin among other body parts. Weight loss, chest pain, fever and fatigue are some of the possible symptoms. The effects of sarcoidosis are usually mild, but the disease can also cause kidney and heart failure. Some foods may help ease the condition. Discuss any nutritional choices you make related to the treatment of sarcoidosis with your doctor.
Researchers have not determined what causes sarcoidosis, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since cell inflammation marks the disease, antioxidants may protect cells that are still healthy from similar damage. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, molecules that occur naturally during digestion, but also as a result of exposure to radiation and tobacco-smoke inhalation. Left to run amok, free radicals can damage cells. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends eating antioxidant-rich sources such as berries, tomatoes, sweet peppers and other fruits and vegetables.
Eating foods that contain magnesium may offset the effects of sarcoidosis on the cells to a certain extent by supporting cell function. Try avocados, potatoes, corn, oats, soy, brown rice and other sources of magnesium, recommends the University of Maryland Medical Center. Magnesium facilitates about 300 body functions, according to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The mineral is also essential for proper cell performance. Magnesium electric charges called “ions” fuel the enzymes that allow cells to transmit information