Eczema vitamin

Antioxidants

As they protect against free radical damage and have anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidants may be beneficial in the treatment of eczema.

Eczema vitaminEczema vitamin: Zinc

Zinc levels may be lower in eczema sufferers, although this may be due to nonspecific inflammatory effects. Clinical trials have not shown clear benefits of zinc supplementation.

Eczema vitamin: Selenium

Reduced concentrations of selenium in whole blood, plasma and white cells; and reduced activity of the selenium-dependent enzyme, glutathione peroxidase, have been found in eczema sufferers. However, few studies have shown an improvement in symptoms with selenium supplements.

Eczema vitamin: Essential fatty acids

Essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects and have been shown to have beneficial effects in the treatment of eczema. This is likely to be due to effects on prostaglandin metabolism. In a 1997 Italian study, researchers treated 30 eczema patients with gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) (274 mg twice a day), and 30 with placebo for 12 weeks. During this time, the patients assessed then- own symptoms and they were also assessed by a dermatologist every four weeks. The patients who received GLA showed gradual improvements in itching, redness, vesicle formation and oozing, which were statistically significant compared with the control group. Borage seed oil capsules have also shown beneficial effects in the treatment of eczema, as have evening primrose oil capsules.

 
 
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