Asparagine, a simple amino acid, could be a major ally in your struggle with autoimmunity. Are you familiar with it? Probably not, but don’t feel bad about that. Frankly, between you and I, even many health care professionals are not familiar with it either. In fairness, it’s only talked about within limit circles. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know about it. In fact, when it comes to managing your autoimmunity, not knowing about asparagine is the same as accepting more pain, fatigue, brain fog, inflammation and dysfunction.
Let’s get right to the point. Autoimmunity is your immune system in a state of confusion. It is reacting against you rather than working for you. Where does asparagine fit in you ask? Asparagine is the difference between your immune system seeing your body’s own structures as normal or something that it should react against. More specifically, your immune system thinks you are a bug, and not a good one. For example, when asparagine is present, everything looks as it should to your immune system. No bug, no reason to attack. When asparagine is not present, or deficient, now you have a problem. What looked normal, now mimics a bacteria or fungus.
What does your immune system normally do when it encounters a bacteria or fungus? You guess it! It develops a response and attacks it. In the case of inadequate asparagine, the same thing happens. Your immune system starts attacking you.
Asparagine for autoimmunity is rarely considered. Yet as you can clearly see, it should be. And for some, the risk is many times higher. If you fall in one of these next two categories, you should be worried about low asparagine.
There is a solution for correcting deficient asparagine for autoimmunity. And it is not as hard as you might think. Asparagine derives its name from asparagus. Right at this moment you are thinking, “If you are going to tell me to eat more asparagus, forget it. I am not going to do it.” Alright, so I won’t tell you that. In reality, you are not going to be able to eat enough asparagus to correct a deficiency in asparagine anyway. To increase asparagine for autoimmunity improvement, you have to take a more direct approach. That means taking a meaningful amount that is going to make a difference. No one is going to eat that much asparagus, no matter how much they like it. Instead, the solution is to take asparagine as an individual nutrient.
I will not discourage you from eating more asparagus and plants in your diet, both of which are sources of asparagine. In fact, I strongly encourage you to find more ways to add them to your diet. But repleting deficient levels fast and keeping them up as you deal with autoimmunity requires more than food is often able to provide alone.