Autoimmune disease is estimated to affect 50 million Americans—and the prevalence continues to increase. While genetic predisposition accounts for one third of an individual’s risk for autoimmune disease, environmental factors such as infection, diet and lifestyle make up the other two thirds. In particular, nutrient-poor diets rich in refined carbohydrates and omega-6 polyunsaturated fats are major contributors. Beyond the promotional effects of these diets on inflammation and gut dysbiosis, micronutrient deficiencies result in impaired immune function and have been well documented in many autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, specific micronutrient deficiencies have been implicated in the pathogenesis of some autoimmune diseases.
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