Vitiligo Vulgaris is a skin condition whose exact cause is unknown. In this condition, the skin loses it’s pigmentation since the pigment-producing cells i.e. melanocytes are attacked and destroyed.
It may affect the eyes, skin, mucous membrane, inner ear, or hair while leaving white patches on the skin.
1% population of the world is affected by this skin condition, in both the origins of the sexes. 1/3rd of them are affected population gets it from their elders which makes it heredity. (1)
Signs and symptoms include:
- Patchy loss of skin color, which usually first appears on the hands, face, and areas around body openings and the genitals
- Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard
- Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth and nose (mucous membranes)
Vitiligo is considered as autoimmune disorder, like mentioned earlier that the melanocytes are attacked by your own and this the de-pigmentation of the skin occurs.
Depending on the type of your body, it is believed that there can be more autoimmune disorders in people with Vitiligo.
Disorders like Thyroiditis, baldness, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and many more are seen.
Foods that can be consumed in vitiligo:
Fruits – Fig, apricot, and ripe mango.
Vegetables – Consume a plant centric diet comprising of spinach, beetroot, carrot, potato, cabbage, radish, cauliflower, red chili, bitter gourd, and green beans. Make sure a major bulk of your diet consists of these vegetables, as long as you do not find it difficult to digest them.
Protein – In case you yearn for animal products, opt for chicken breast, lean cuts of turkey, wild fish, and organic eggs. It is good to cook them lightly. For vegans, stick to kidney beans, chickpeas, mushroom, and lentils.
Dairy – Dairy products can be consumed. However, depending on the level of the condition, some patients are advised to completely avoid dairy products.
Whole Grains – Oats, brown rice, white rice, couscous, quinoa, and corn.
Supplements – You may have vitamin B12, protein, calcium, minerals, and DHA deficiencies. Hence, take supplements to overcome these deficiencies. Consult your doctor before taking any supplements.
Beverages – Allowed vegetable and fruit juices, and coconut water (if it suits you).
Herbs & Spices – Rosemary, thyme, basil, coriander leaves (small amounts), clove, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Foods To Avoid
Fruits – Gooseberry, orange, nectarine, prune, peach, pineapple, lemon, lime, melon, watermelon, grapes, papaya, guava, grapefruit, pear, tamarind, and any fruit that has a good amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C inhibits the formation of pigments. Therefore, avoid consuming it.
Vegetables – Eggplant, tomato, green chili, onion, and garlic..
Protein – Beef, pork, and fish.
Dairy – Milk, curd, and buttermilk..
Beverages – Carbonated and sweetened drinks, packaged fruit juices, coffee, vitamin C-rich fresh fruit juices, and alcohol.
Spices – Turmeric
Others – Avoid oily, spicy, processed, packaged, and canned foods. Avoid consuming wafers, pickles, and chocolates.