FAQIs there a special diet for vitiligo?


We have specifically looked into claims that some food supplements or special diet may ease symptoms of vitiligo, or completely reverse it, and found no firm scientific evidence to support this theory.

It does not mean there is no possible link between vitiligo and nutrition, but the diet-vs-disease debate is too complex for simple generalizations. While it may support your health in some ways, it could hurt it in others. An essential matter for anyone suffering from vitiligo, is to ensure well-balanced nutrition. 

  • Common vitamin deficiencies in people with autoimmune conditions like vitiligo include folic acid, B-12, copper and zinc. However, vitiligo is not caused by a vitamin deficiency and therefore cannot be cured by vitamins alone. Vitamins can have an opposite effect: an excessive intake of Vitamin C can worsen vitiligo. 
  • Contrary to many beliefs, gluten-free diet has no effect on vitiligo and isn't very healthy, either. If you are wondering about gluten in your child's diet, or someone in your family has a history of food allergies, it is best to get a confirmed diagnosis before you start messing with diet. Two to three months of a gluten-restricted diet is enough to see if it can help your vitiligo.

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