Treat Lupus by Eating Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system in the body. While lupus affects mostly women of childbearing age, more that 1.5 million American men, women, and children are affected by the disease. Researchers believe that a combination of environment, genetics and hormones can “trigger” lupus but, the exact cause is unknown and there is no significant treatment available except to manage the chronic inflammation in the body.

One critical management technique is eating a healthy diet that reduces inflammation and pain in the body. Therefore, it is important to understand which foods strengthen or weaken the immune system. Foods that strengthen the immune system by reducing inflammation include polyunsaturated fatty acids rich in omega-3 oils (such as walnuts, wild salmon and olive oil) and dark leafy greens rich in antioxidants (such as spinach and arugula). Processed foods, including wheat and sugar, weaken the immune system by causing chronic inflammation.

For a quick delicious meal of whole foods that can help reduce the symptoms of lupus, try the Roast Tamari-Marinated Salmon and Mixed Greens with Warmed Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts and Walnut Oil Vinaigrette. Both recipes can be made in the oven in less than 30 minutes.

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Roast Tamari-Marinated Salmon

Serves 4

11/2 pounds fresh wild salmon fillet (1 inch thick) with skin

1/3 cup (gluten-free) tamari soy sauce

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place the salmon in a baking dish and pour the tamari soy sauce over the top and sides of the fish. Use a spoon to completely coat the fish’s surface. Allow the fish to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes while you prepare the Mixed Green Salad.
  2. Place the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425ºF. Line a medium-sized heavy baking sheet with foil and lightly brush with olive oil.
  3. Put the fillet on the baking sheet (skin-side down, if applicable) and brush the fillet with the olive oil. Season with pepper to taste.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the center of the oven and roast for 10 minutes per 1-inch thickness of the fillet. (If the fillet is 11/2 inches, the roast time is 15 minutes.)
  5. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving plate (lift the fish from the skin, if applicable). Serve hot.

Mixed Greens with Warmed Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, and Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Serves 4

1/2 cup walnuts

4 cups organic arugula leaves

4 cups organic baby spinach leaves

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

4 ounces goat cheese, sliced into 4 rounds

Walnut Oil Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Position the rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Place the walnuts on a small baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until toasted. Set aside. (This can be done several days ahead; if you do, store the nuts in a tightly sealed container at room temperature until you use them.)
  3. Grease a small baking sheet lightly with cooking spray. Carefully press the sesame seeds on to each round of goat cheese. Place the cheese rounds on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven for 3 minutes.
  4. Toss the arugula and spinach with the Walnut Oil Vinaigrette. Arrange on salad plates. Sprinkle the top of each salad with walnuts and place a warmed round of goat cheese on the side of each plate.

Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

1/2 cup walnut oil

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

  1. Combine all ingredients and shake to mix. Keep tightly covered and refrigerated. Allow to come to room temperature before using.


  1. Mrs. Jimmy Jones said,

    September 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Love this site.
    I am ordering the Pillow + Roberts Health Cookbook.
    I have all the orthers.

    • September 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      We are appreciate your support. You will love the book because it is filled with all our favorite recipes- the ones we eat everyday. Here’s to great food and health,

  2. October 28, 2010 at 2:50 am

    i think that we should focus more on healthy eating to avoid diabetes and cardiovascular diseases`~*

    • October 28, 2010 at 7:06 am

      Eating anti-inflammatory foods like leafy greens, fruits, walnuts, wild salmon and flax seed meal, will help with both diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Both of these chronic diseases are associated with chronic inflammation in the body. Reducing chronic inflammation improves health for all chronic diseases. My book, The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook, contains lists of foods and recipes that reduce inflammation in the body.

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