Asparagine for Autoimmunity, Why Don’t You Know About It?

holistic medicine, functional medicine doctor

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.

Asparagine for Autoimmunity

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.

Risks for Low Asparagine and Higher Chance of Autoimmunity

asparagine for autoimmunity

asparagine for autoimmunity

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.

  • Asparagine is commonly deficient in individuals with blood sugar problems.  High glucose, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance and diabetes are all ways of saying the same things, just at different stages of dysfunction.
  • Are you getting enough protein in your diet?  Asparagine is derived from protein in your diet.  If you don’t consume adequate amounts of it, or if you have a hard time digesting and absorbing it, both of which are inherent in autoimmunity, there is a strong chance that you are in need of asparagine.
  • Burning the candle at both ends.  I know this isn’t you, or is it?  Who are you kidding, of course this is you.  You always have too much on your plate and more obligations than you should.  All of this requires more energy production to keep you going.  Asparagine can be used as part of energy production.  So, the more you push yourself, the greater the risk of an asparagine deficiency.

Is there a Solution?

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.





2 replies
  1. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    The article leaves it’s readers hanging…..
    You imply asparagine can be taken as a supplement. Can you give us some more information about the supplement; such as a suggested dosage, how it works, or reputable sources? If we haven’t heard of it, we probably haven’t run into it on the shelves of our favorite health food store, either.

    • Dr. Arland Hill
      Dr. Arland Hill says:

      You are correct, asparagine can be difficult to source. The need is high with autoimmunity. Without asaparagine, the immune system perceives that it is constantly battling a bacteria or fungus. Effective dosing is 1500-3000mg per day on an empty stomach. With a no-compromise approach on the Food Function Freedom supplements, you can find asparagine right here on the site.



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