Nutrition plays a key role in your overall health. What you consume or lack thereof can dramatically affect how your body responds to stressful conditions. In the case of Vitiligo many patients with this disorder have been deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. It must be said a deficiency in these nutrients will not cause Vitiligo. The only correlation that can be made is a number of diagnosed patients have diminished levels of these vitamins and minerals. Some patients have responded with positive results when their deficiency in these nutrients was supplemented with higher than average doses.
Nourish Your Body
Although the body’s mechanism that processes nutrients is extremely complex you have complete control when it comes to how you nourish your body. Everything you consume impacts your body positively or negatively and if you have been diagnosed with Vitiligo, supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals can possibly help your body with melanin production. The key to understanding the importance of these nutrients is how they affect your overall system. A deficiency in one mineral might affect one organ or system, but because all your systems are interrelated it will eventually affect the entire system. That is why you should supply your body with adequate amounts of nutrients for the entire system at all times.
Folic acid is a B vitamin and it is used for the proper development of your body including the production of DNA as well as to treat different ailments caused by the deficiency of this vitamin. This includes anemia, liver disease, alcoholism and the prevention of birth defects with expectant mothers. Pernicious anemia and unusually low levels of folic acid has been associated with some cases of Vitiligo. Talk to your doctor and have the necessary tests to determine if you are anemic or have low levels of folic acid.
Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin that plays a very important role in DNA synthesis, making blood cells and keeping the nervous system healthy. Your body stores enough B12 to last several years but if you have a condition such as pernicious anemia your body will not be able to absorb B12 from your intestinal tract. If you happen to be a vegetarian, anemic and have Vitiligo talk to your doctor to have a test to measure the amount of B12 in your blood. Strict vegetarians are especially at high risk of B12 deficiency because this vitamin is found in animal products so supplementation is important.
Para amino benzoic acid (PABA
The body uses PABA to improve protein use, red blood cell formation and help in the production of folic acid in your intestines. It is also used in sunscreen products because it helps to protect the body against UV radiation. Keep toxicity levels in mind when you take PABA, don’t exceed the recommended daily amount unless it is prescribed by your doctor.
Phenylalanine is an amino acid with ultraviolet radiation absorption properties that can be converted in the body in to another amino acid called tyrosine. Tyrosine is involved in the production of melanin, the pigment that gives color to your skin. Tyrosine is also responsible for synthesizing two very important neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine which are responsible for many functions including mood and appetite. If you have a diet rich in protein you will not suffer any deficiency in phenylalanine.Before you take this supplement talk to your doctor because some individuals can not metabolize supplementation of phenylalanine.
Your body can manufacture vitamin D with 15 to 20 minutes of sun exposure using cholesterol in your body. If you don’t take vitamin D supplements it will take a person with light colored skin about 30 minutes and up to three hours for a person with dark skin of unfiltered sunlight to achieve adequate vitamin D production. Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption, immune system, thyroid function and skin conditions such as psoriasis and Vitiligo.
Calcium deficiency can cause skin conditions such eczema, bone loss, high blood pressure and sleep deprivation. Since calcium is a critical mineral for the nervous system low levels of calcium can result in nervousness and muscle cramps. Having the right amount of calcium in your system will help you keep your skin healthy. Consult with your doctor to determine how much calcium you might need. This is because high dosages can interfere with the absorption of other minerals and vitamins.
Copper can have a positive impact on Vitiligo patients because the enzyme tyrosinase which is used in the pigment process requires copper. This mineral also helps with elastin and collagen two proteins that help your skin in wound healing and staying healthy. Low copper levels can indicate deficiencies in other minerals such as iron which can be the result of anemia.
Zinc is a very important mineral not only for your skin but your overall health. It is essential for an efficient immune system. Zinc deficiency can result in different skin, hair and nail conditions. If you are taking zinc make sure you have the right dose because too much zinc can harm your immune system as well as cause nausea, hallucinations and dizziness.
Antioxidants help your body fight free radicals from causing damage to your system. This is especially important for Vitiligo patients because there is a hypothesis that claims oxidative stress can be one of the causes responsible for this disease. Although your body produces many antioxidants to fight the constant attack, taking antioxidant supplements and eating foods rich in antioxidants can help you stay healthier.
Vitiligo is a complex disease and doctors don’t know what causes it and why in some cases it heals completely.
Implementing a healthy diet with the right supplementation can help your body fight and heal properly.