Treat Eczema With Antioxidants

The term “antioxidants” has become a popular buzzword that can prevent ailments such as premature aging and cancer.  But did you know that antioxidants can be used to treat eczema?

Some cases of eczema (atopic dermatitis) are caused by a skin disorder that is a result of abnormal skin cell growth and turnover.  The epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin is made up of moist, living cells and dry dead cells known as the stratum corneum.  The stratum corneum functions as a barrier, protecting the deeper layers of the skin from damage caused by infections and irritants and help to keep the skin from drying out.  When this barrier is broken down or damaged, the skin is no longer protected from irritants and may also lose moisture and become infected by bacteria.


Antioxidants are powerful treatments for eczema since they act as chemical scavengers, intercepting reactive molecules called free radicals before they have a chance to damage cells.   Free radicals are so dangerous because they not only kill cells, but also injures the cell and damage the cell’s DNA. When the DNA is changed, the cell mutates, growing and reproducing abnormally quickly.

Treating eczema with antioxidants may help prevent or regulate abnormal skin cell growth and turnover.

How to treat eczema with antioxidants ?

The most important antioxidants that are beneficial to helping eczema is vitamins A, C, E, and selenium.  Vitamin A is important for regulation of rapid turnover in skin cells, vitamin C helps to strengthen the skin, vitamin E helps to heal the skin, and selenium helps to detoxify heavy metals in the body.  The best way to get these antioxidants is by making sure that your diet is rich with this vital vitamins.

Foods rich in vitamin A:

  • Carrots
  • Yams
  • Red bell peppers
  • Liver
  • Cantaloupe

Foods rich in vitamin C:

  • Red bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Mango
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Green leafy vegetables

Foods rich in vitamin E:

  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Hazelnuts

Foods rich in Selenium

  • Brazil Nuts
  • Wheat germ
  • Tuna and other oily fish
  • Brewers yeast
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cashews
  • Lentils
  • Shellfish

You can also take supplements for these particular antioxidants.  The suggested doses are as follows:  vitamin C, 1000 mg twice daily; vitamin E, 400 IU/day; vitamin A, 5000-10,000 IU/day; selenium, 50-200 mcg/day.  The best supplements are natural whole food supplements rather than synthetic man made.

Other Antioxidants for healing eczema

Grape seed and grape skin.  The antioxidant components of grapes are great for preventing formation of free radicals, which can be an effective treatment for eczema.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).  CoQ10 helps the cells convert nutrients into energy, increasing oxygen when necessary, and reducing oxygen before it reaches toxic levels.

Green tea extract.  Green tea extract helps to boost the immune system and supports the kidneys.

Milk Thistle extract.  Helps to detoxify the liver.

Making sure that you intake an adequate amount of antioxidants daily may prove to be one of the most practical and sufficient eczema treatments.

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