Every day you read different articles on the best vitamins for eczema.
With all the advice out there, you’ll end up having a cupboard full of supplement bottles.
Not only that, you’ll have dropped a good amount of money into them as well. I would too.
You are looking for a way out of pain and suffering. You are looking for a way out of steroid creams.
Today, I’ll go over the 5 best vitamins you need for eczema.
These do not have to come in the form of supplements, pills, tinctures, and powders.
You should make it a priority to get it from your diet first. W
hen you are healing, you need more than the recommended dietary allowance.
Which is when supplements come into play.
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1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is important for the immune system and the overall health of your skin.
It plays a key role in wound healing, dry skin, and the creation of collagen.
Collagen is the major component of connective tissues that make up body parts such as your skin, muscle, ligaments, and tendons.
If your Vitamin C levels are low, your body is not able to produce collagen properly.
In turn, the lack of collagen begins to slow down the wound-healing process, which is the key to healing your eczema.
Your Vitamin C levels may also deplete due to the amount of stress you are facing.
Dealing with eczema and its side effects can be stressful both physically and mentally, and that’s when we need to provide our bodies with higher amounts of Vitamin C to heal.
This is why I always recommend vitamin C as one of the top vitamins for eczema.
2. Vitamin D
If you live in a city where there is a winter season with low sunlight, you are likely deficient in Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is made in our body when our skin is exposed to the sun.
It is considered essential because the human body cannot produce its own supply without sunlight or food.
The benefits of Vitamin D are:
- Skin Health
- Supports Immune System
- Hormone Regulation
- Bone Health
- Manage Blood Sugar Levels
- May Help Against Cancer
- Heart Disease
Research has shown that Vitamin D has a potentially significant role in improving the symptoms of atopic dermatitis or eczema.
Research pulled from a trial that lasted 3 months has shown to have decreased common symptoms of eczema such as dry skin, itching, and flare-ups.
This is one of my favourite vitamins for eczema because it’s easy to supplement with and it has numerous benefits, not only for eczema.
3. Omega 3 and 6, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
Since we are unable to produce our own EFAs we have to get them through a food source.
This is why it is called, essential fatty acids.
There are two types of EFAs, Omega 3 and Omega 6.
EFAs play a key role in the regulation of our emotions, brain function, and nerve impulses.
It is also a requirement for a healthy functioning immune system.
EFAs are anti-inflammatory and as a result, highly effective against autoimmune conditions like eczema.
Research has found that patients with eczema have been shown to be deficient in both essential fatty acids.
Magnesium is a mineral that plays a role in over 300 functions in the body.
It helps with our muscles, the nervous system, regulating blood pressure and supporting our immune system.
Magnesium is another important player both for the proper function of calcium and for the activity of vitamin D, as it converts vitamin D into its active form.
Along with that, it also activates enzyme activity that helps your body use vitamin D.
In fact, all enzymes that metabolize vitamin D require magnesium to work.
Magnesium is also considered an anti-stress mineral.
It is a natural tranquilizer since it helps skeletal muscles as well as smooth muscles of the blood vessels and the gastrointestinal tract to relax.
Because Magnesium helps reduce inflammation, stress, and anxiety, which are all symptoms of eczema, it’s important to have adequate levels in your diet.
When eczema flare-ups happen, this in turn also triggers our stress response.
So in order to properly respond to that, magnesium is needed by the brain and body.
More and more research is coming out that supports the view that gut health is vital to our immune system.
If our gut is unable to process and fight off bacteria from the foods we eat, this, in turn, leads to various chronic conditions.
One of which is eczema.
The bacteria our body is unable to kill off affects other organs and sooner or later starts appearing in the form of eczema.
How does one end up weakening their own gut health?
For starters, antibiotics from our medications and the meat we eat is a huge problem.
The second problem is all the sugar we consume in our diet.
The sad part is, sugar is hidden in our food under various hard-to-pronounce names.
Both antibiotics and sugar alone impact the healthy bacteria in our gut.
Until you get your diet under control, probiotics are something I would hold off as a vitamin for eczema.
However, if you’ve recently taken antibiotics for an infection, I would highly recommend taking probiotics to replenish your healthy bacteria.
Before You Buy Vitamins for Eczema
Do not rush out and buy all these vitamins for eczema.
Don’t even try to use 1 of the 5 mentioned here and expect to see results because you won’t.
You first need to address these concerns through your diet and lifestyle.
Because if you are still stressed out and have poor eating habits, these vitamins, and minerals in supplement form, will be a waste of money.
When it comes to using supplements, you need to be strategic about it.
On top of that, there are many other factors to consider before trying to supplement these vitamins.
What if you aren’t even absorbing these vitamins for eczema, to begin with? This could signal a digestion problem that needs to be addressed first.
This is why it’s important to work with a healthcare professional like your Doctor, Naturopathic Doctor, or Certified Nutritional Practitioner (like me!).