I have had an attack of eczema all over my skin for about 10 months now.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have had an attack of eczema all over my skin for about 10 months now. It seems as if almost everything I eat (with the exception of veggies and protein) causes inflammation and severe itching. I have been to doctors, but they have not been able to figure out what is going on. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this?” — Dorothy M., Whittier, CA
A. Dear Dorothy, Kudos to you – without really knowing it, you have stumbled upon the best diet of all to help treat eczema. I strongly recommend that people suffering from eczema restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates from their diet. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to modifying your diet, there are two natural ingredients that you may want to consider.
I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
In addition to the curcumin, I would also recommend adding a clinically studied, standardized boswellia extract. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of boswellia twice daily.
When choosing a formula, you want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.
Terry . . . Naturally