Vitiligo Food and Diet

Modern trends in our eating pleasures, like tinned and fast foods, alcoholic, and the flavored drinks, have been linked to numerous health problems like obesity, diabetes, cholesterol problems and the heart disease. It is however believed that links with other problems will also be evident in near future. An increase in skin disorders like Vitiligo, acne, and eczema for example has also paralleled this change in eating patterns, and it is possible that perverted nutrition may have contributed its share to this tide.

There is nothing that can be labeled as a vitiligo diet. Vitiligo is a very stubborn disorder with a relentlessly progressive course and considerable psychologic morbidity. The medical treatments are either in effective, inefficient or very prolonged. It is hence prudent not to add oil to the water by indulging in unhealthy and unbalanced diet. The diet of a person affected by vitiligo should at least be “healthy”.

If you can identify something in your food that seems to worsen your disease in any way, it should obviously be avoided.

People with vitiligo should basically strive hard to eat a healthy and prudent diet, in which minor adjustments in the form of what to take in abundance and what needs to be avoided, can be incorporated.

It is hence recommended that vitiligo people should prefer the following in their food

  • Vegetables: like Green Leaves, Beetroots, Spinach Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Carrots
  • Fruits: like Peaches and Apricots apple, banana mangoes, Black dates
  • Grains: Whole grains like porridge an whole wheat products are better than the highly refined carbohydrates like pasta.
  • Pulses & Legumes: Chickpeas have recently been shown in India to be very helpful in vitiligo
  • Protein: Vegetable proteins especially from Soya beans have been found useful for controlling the skin depigmentation. Animal proteins like meat and fish are however generally discouraged by the herbalists.

  • Oils and fats: Vegetable oils like Olive oil are rich in good fats keep you healthy anyways.
  • Nuts: (are also very useful because of a high content of vitamin E and the "good fats” that are beneficial for skin.
  • Fluids and water: Adequate hydration is an important component of healthy diet which should not be ignored

What needs to avoided! Foods Rich in vitamin C, like citrus fruits, tomatoes and green tea should either be avoided or consumed in minimal quantities.

  • Non-Veg: Traditional herbalist believe that people with vitiligo should also avoid from eating Non-Vegetarian foods like Fish and Red Meats, as they may be highly antigenic and may worsen the auto-immune process. It is better to avoid even the Eggs, Milk, and Dairy products
  • Alcoholic and Flavored drinks as well as Ice Creams and Chocolates,are not good for most of the people whether or not they vitiligo and are best avoided.
  • The so called Junk food & Spices are also discouraged in vitiligo people.
  • Sour Foods like pickles, sour yogurt and sour strawberries are also considered to be risky.

A recent research has found blue berries to be harmful in vitiligo, and there is no reason why it should be taken

Vitiligo is currently at the forefront of research and many new and revised recommendations are likely to evolve in near future, and this article shall be periodically updated