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Carrot Juice and Eczema

by
author image August McLaughlin
August McLaughlin is a certified nutritionist and health writer with more than nine years of professional experience. Her work has been featured in various magazines such as "Healthy Aging," "CitySmart," "IAmThatGirl" and "ULM." She holds specializations in eating disorders, healthy weight management and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her second cookbook and Weight Limit—a series of body image/nutrition-related PSAs.
Carrot Juice and Eczema
Carrot juice, a top source of vitamin A, can help you deal with eczema. Photo Credit merc67/iStock/Getty Images

Eczema is a chronic disease characterized by red, swollen, itchy skin. Your symptoms can also appear as blisters that turn into scaly rashes or thick, dry skin patches with scales. You can't "catch" eczema, but it is a common condition, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, affecting over 15 million Americans. Medications and lifestyle steps, including eating an appropriate diet, can help minimize your symptoms. Carrot juice offers numerous benefits for eczema-affected skin. For best results, seek guidance from your doctor or dietitian.

Eczema Prevention

One cause of eczema is a vitamin A deficiency, according to Dr. Paul Barney in the "Doctor's Guide to Natural Medicine." Consuming foods rich in vitamin A can help prevent eczema symptoms related to a deficiency. Drinking 4 oz. of carrot juice will provide you with 22,567 international units, or IU, of vitamin A, which fulfills 450 percent of the daily recommended intake for adults.

Symptom Management

Carrot juice may also help restore healthy skin tissue during and following eczema flareups. Because of its effectiveness in supporting skin health and tissue repair, medications that replicate vitamin A compounds called retinoids have been prescribed for skin disorders since the late 1990s, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. While high doses of retinoid medications can be toxic, you can consume foods rich in vitamin A, including carrot juice, without the same risks.

Trigger Food Alternative

Although it remains unclear how significant food sensitivities and allergies are among eczema sufferers, various foods have been linked to making the symptoms worse. Common problem foods include dairy products, eggs, soybeans, wheat, seafood, chocolate, food coloring and fruit with seeds, according to Eczema Guide, a website created by Skin Care Guide, a resources network created by dermatologists. Carrots, which are also rich in vitamin A, provide a nutritious alternative to seed-containing fruits, such as apples, bananas, kiwis, oranges and pears. Carrot juice provides a nutritious alternative to apple, pear and orange juice, and it offers a natural, colorful, sweet-tasting alternative to artificially colored foods, such as jelly beans and popsicles.

Suggestions

For improved eczema symptoms, the "Doctor's Guide to Natural Medicine" recommends consuming 10,000 IU of vitamin A per day -- the amount found in less than 1/4 cup of carrot juice or about 1/3 cup of boiled, sliced carrots. An overall nutritious diet can help reduce inflammation. Optimum foods include nuts and seeds; cold-water fish, such as salmon, halibut and mackerel; whole grains; and vegetables and fresh fruits, unless you have a sensitivity.

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