January 2017 News

Vitamin A & Eczema

30th January 2017

Vitamin A has multiple functions in the body. It plays central roles in growth and development as well as in the maintenance of good vision, skin health and the immune system.

Eczema is more than a simple skin disease. There are strong, clinical evidences showing that the types of microbes colonizing in the gut can determine the risk and severity of atopic eczema.

First, it is important to note that most of the body's immune system is directly wired to the gut. And most of the symptoms of eczema are caused by the inability of the immune system to keep infectious microbes (both in the gut and on the skin) in check and the inflammatory response triggered by these pathogens. Although vitamin A has no direct antimicrobial effect, it plays an important role in the immune system defence against invading microbes. By contributing to immune function, vitamin A can help the body recruit the immune cells needed to fight infective agents while relieving inflammation.

Cod liver oil is one of the few ideal natural supplements that can be safely used to raise vitamin A level in eczema patients. Besides vitamin A, cod liver oil is also an excellent source of vitamin D as well as omega-3 fatty acids, known for their anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, these fatty acids can improve skin health and restore the gut flora.

We recommend Skin Omegas+ available from Advanced Nutrition Programme online.

Even though the state of the gut flora is a big contributor to eczema, the damage to the skin is still an important factor. In fact, studies show that, in eczema, the skin experiences a 'leaky' damage similar to the one found in the gut.

So, how can vitamin A help eczema? Vitamin A compounds can help restore the protective barrier of the skin by stopping the bacterial damage that leads to leaky skin. It can also relieve eczema by reducing local inflammation in the skin by blocking pro-inflammatory immune cells.

For topical vitamin A on the skin we recommend Environs AVST 1 combined with Colostrum Gel from the Intensive range, to help boost skins immunity.