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Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects, and a diet low in omega-3 increases the risk for many inflammatory diseases, including eczema and psoriasis. The best dietary source of omega-3 is oily fish. Studies have shown that children who eat fish regularly are less likely to develop eczema and that fish oil or omega-3 supplements can improve symptoms for eczema patients.
A healthy gut helps our body to fight against diseases and cancer-causing cells. 80 percent of our immune system is found in our digestive system, so it is vital to maintain appropriate levels of probiotics in our gastro-intestinal system. One study found that several species known to be associated with inflammation were significantly higher in infants with eczema. These infants also had lower levels of good bacteria that have anti-inflammatory properties. It may be possible to prevent or treat eczema by using probiotics to change the mix of gut bacteria.
Oats contain phenolic compounds called avenanthramides that have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. When oats are applied topically to the skin, the avenanthramides act to reduce itching and irritation. The high concentration of starches and beta-glucan in oats help to protect skin and keep it moisturized. Very finely ground oatmeal, known as colloidal oatmeal, is a common ingredient in lotions for dry skin or dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are often treated with medications such as topical corticosteroids.
Vitamin D performs many biological functions that can help improve skin disorders. It promotes the integrity of the skin permeability barrier, suppresses inflammatory responses, enhances antimicrobial activity and inhibits over-proliferation of skin cells. Studies have shown that vitamin D supplementation is a safe and effective treatment for eczema and psoriasis.
Oolong is a semi-green partially fermented tea. Studies have demonstrated that tea-drinking can suppress certain types of allergic reactions. Researchers believe that the polyphenols in oolong tea may have anti-allergic properties which help to prevent overactive immune responses.
6.Oregon Grape Root
Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) is not a grapevine, but a bush that produces waxy blue berries. It is commonly found in the forests of the North American Pacific coast. The bark and root of the plant contains alkaloids with antifungal, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Research on skin cells from patients with psoriasis has shown that Oregon grape root inhibits abnormal skin cell growth and reduces inflammation.
7.Evening Primrose Oil
One factor in the development of atopic eczema may be a defect in the functioning of an enzyme that converts linoleic acid (found in common vegetable oils) to gamma linolenic acid. Gamma linolenic acid is an omega-6 essential fatty acid which the body converts to substances that decrease inflammation and inhibits skin cell growth. Evening primrose oil is a rich source of gamma linolenic acid and several studies have found that it is an effective treatment for eczema.
8.Vitamin E Oil - Vitamin E Oil is well known for promoting skin healing and for helping to hydrate the skin. Vitamin E has anti-oxidant properties and also functions to protect cell membranes and helps the body to use selenium and Vitamin K.
9.Hydrocotyle - Hydrocotyl is an herb which has been used for many centuries for its wound healing and skin rejuvenating properties. It is used to assist in the treatment of eczema, burns and skin ulcers.
10.Curcuma Tr - contains powerful antioxidant nutrients known as curcuminoids. The active constituent is curcumin, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation by reducing histamine levels and possibly increasing natural adrenal corticoids. It is well known for treating eczema, fungus, itching, psoriasis, rash, warts, and athlete’s foot.