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Eczema
Certain foods may accelerate healing and reduce symptoms associated with eczema. Foods containing high amounts of beta-carotene and vitamin E may reduce dryness and itchiness of the skin. As immune system abnormalities have been noted in some people who have eczema, it may be beneficial to consume immune-boosting foods that are high in zinc. Foods that are good sources of vitamin C also may be beneficial for those suffering from eczema due to vitamin C's ability to fight histamine, which can cause inflammation and itching. Other foods that may be helpful include flaxseed oil and foods high in quercetin and omega-3 fatty acids.

Mega-Recipes
We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

flaxseed oil
Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea often respond to the anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties of the essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil.
Leading Food Sources of flaxseed oil: Oil, flaxseed

omega-3 fatty acids
People suffering from eczema often have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids and altered essential fatty acid and prostaglandin metabolism. In addition, eczema sufferers are more prone to developing allergies and inflammation. Consumption of foods high in omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial for reducing the inflammation and severity of eczema.
Leading Food Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, Trout, Tuna

quercetin
Foods high in quercetin may be beneficial for eczema sufferers because quercetin inhibits the release of histamine, acts as a potent antioxidant, and reduces the formation of allergic compounds.
Leading Food Sources of quercetin: Cabbage, green, Spinach, Garlic, Grapefruit, white, Apples, Cranberries, Kale, Pears, Grapes, Onions

vitamin C
Allergies are often an underlying cause of eczema. Vitamin C, a natural antihistamine, may help control eczema by blocking the effect of inflammatory responses to allergy-causing substances (allergens).
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Potatoes, Strawberries, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Oranges, Kiwi fruit

vitamin E
Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that protect cells from free-radical damage and help promote skin healing. Vitamin E is used to promote optimal skin health and is helpful in reducing itchiness.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin E: Broccoli, Avocados, Almonds, Mangoes, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts

zinc
Zinc is an important mineral that builds up the immune system and is instrumental in healing skin aliments. Zinc also has the added benefit of helping to process essential fatty acids.
Leading Food Sources of zinc: Barley, Chicken, Oysters, Crab, Beef, Lamb, Wheat, Turkey

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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