A lack of Vitamin B3 can be the underlying cause of various types of dermatitis.

Generally speaking an adequate supply of Vitamin B3 is not difficult to obtain from common foods. Liver (pork, beef, veal), whole grains, fish, white meat, eggs, dates, figs and almonds are all very rich in this vitamin.

However, the human body cannot synthesize Vitamin B3 without an essential amino acid called tryptophane. This means you can develop a B3 deficiency if you eat a lot more fish than meat, and subsequently suffer from dermatitis.

Some forms of dermatitis are of psychological origin. In these cases lithium makes an effective treatment. The daily recommended dosage is between 100 and 200 micrograms per day, and its effectiveness is enhanced by Vitamin E.

As for seborrheic dermatitis, the cause is often a Vitamin B8 deficiency. Like Vitamin B6, B8 is essential for keeping skin and hair healthy. Good sources include liver and kidney, egg yolk, chocolate, peanuts, split peas, brewer’s yeast and mushrooms (smaller amounts are present in almost all animal and vegetal tissue).

Taking a B8 supplement can remedy the problem fairly rapidly.

Recommended foods

– algae

– almonds, walnuts

– raspberries, oranges, grapes

– yeast

– whole grain bread

– clay (a teaspoon of nutritional clay dissolved in a glass of water, once a day)

– asparagus, beets, carrots, chervil, cabbage, watercress, dandelion

– dates, figs

– beef, pork

– fish

– whole grains and sprouted grains

– rice, soybean

– liver

Foods to avoid

Common allergens (only if you are sensitive to them):

– peanuts

– chocolate

– strawberries

– milk and dairy products

– eggs

A Vitamin B1 deficiency can cause dermatological problems. Some people need more B1 than others. If you:

– smoke cigarettes

– drink alcohol or coffee regularly

– tend to consume too much sugar

– take antacids after meals

– take contraceptive pills … then you probably need B1 supplements. Main food sources of Vitamin B1 are:

– wheat germ

– wholegrains

– yeast

Smaller amounts are found in:

– walnuts

– pork

– milk and dairy products

– egg yolk

– the green part of vegetables (very small amounts)

Note that grains which have had their husks removed are more or less completely stripped of their Vitamin B1 content.

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