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My college-age daughter has eczema and allergies.

Q. Dear Terry, “My college-age daughter has always had eczema and allergies, but this year her skin was the worst I have ever seen. She is itching and scratching all over.  While she has started getting allergy shots, is there anything else I can give her?” — Jodie K., Minneapolis, MN

A. Dear Jodie, Very dry skin can often be an indication of an underactive thyroid. If this is the issue, then adding a product that combines healthy doses of iodine with the amino acid L-tyrosine could be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend 30 mg of iodine and 400 mg of L-tyrosine in combination, taken twice daily. This will provide the raw materials necessary for thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

I would also recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to her daily regimen. Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically shown to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin and mucous membranes, helping to alleviate dryness and facilitate skin healing. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. In addition, the pulp contains exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid).

Dose is important when it comes to sea buckthorn oil – start with the clinically studied dose of two 500 mg capsules, taken internally, twice daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

Black currant (Ribes nigrum) seed oil is a rich source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), as well as other essential fatty acids, vitamin C, and flavonoids. GLA, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound, works by stimulating the production of anti-inflammatory hormones. When taken orally, black currant seed oil’s anti-inflammatory properties are effective against skin irritations. Black currant seed oil also helps improve skin hydration – alleviating the itching and other symptoms associated with dry skin. I recommend taking 2,000 mg of this oil daily.

Please be patient – use the following suggestions for at least 90 days before you judge the results.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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