Which nutrients are best for eczema skin? Unfortunately, most of the foods and supplements scientists have studied aren’t proven to heal or promise eczema relief, but research is ongoing. We picked three nutrients known to support healthy skin. And while they may not heal your eczema, they will add to your overall health, as will eating a balanced diet. These nutrients are relatively easy to add to your everyday meals. Read on for some healthy and delicious recipes.
Fatty Fish – Get your Omega 3’s! If you aren’t allergic to fish, eating salmon or other fatty fish is the best way to add Omega 3 to your diet. Fish oil contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory. Another way to get your essential fatty acids is to take a supplement.There are many good brands available without a fishy after taste. Ask your local natural grocer for a suggestion. If you're allergic to fish you can still get Omega 3’s from ground flax seed, walnuts or eggs with added Omega 3. If you have allergies, talk with your physician about how best to add this nutrient.
Quercetin – I’ll admit, I was not familiar with this nutrient until doing some research, but I’ve been getting it in my morning smoothies! Quercetin is a plant based flavonoid that gives plants and vegetables their rich color. Quercetin has been shown to stabilize the cells that release histamine in the body and have an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effect. You’ll find this nutrient in apples, bananas, blueberries, cherries, broccoli, spinach and kale.
Probiotics – Probiotics are live microorganisms that can help promote a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune system. Even though probiotics are not a proven treatment for eczema, they possibly help prevent immune dysfunction and inflammation; two key factors in eczema. Your gut has trillions of bacteria and so it can be helpful to discuss with your physician which type of probiotic supplement is best for you. Some probiotic foods and drinks include yogurt, keifer and some fortified juices as well as fermented foods and drinks such as sauerkraut or kimchi and kombucha.
We’re looking forward to trying these new recipes. Bon Appetit!
Breakfast: An easy way to get your quercitin – smoothies! http://thechalkboardmag.com/crazy-sexy-juice-healthy-smoothie-recipes
Lunch: Add kimchi for probiotics. http://camillestyles.com/food-and-drink/recipe-files/kimchi-frittata/
Dinner: It’s an easy meal to season and bake fish and veggies for healthy Omega 3’s. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/roast-salmon-and-broccoli-with-chile-caper-vinaigrette
Overall health and a good skin care routine of cleansing and moisturizing are essential to managing your eczema. Always talk with your physician before taking any new supplements or if you have questions about allergies.