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Purple carrots to stop eczema

My daughter no longer has eczema and she stays eczema-free by limiting junk food and by eating plenty of vegetables. She can now eat whatever she likes but whenever her vegie intake diminishes, a small patch of eczema returns. Juicing helps to reduce acid in the body so I have promised to make fresh vegetable juice every day at around 7 a.m. for both the children and myself.  We are flat-out busy in the mornings but it’s worth it. Today it’s carrot, celery, green apples (a Stage 2 fruit, added for sweetness) and purple carrots, which are rich in five types of anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are potent antioxidants which are anti-inflammatory and help to protect against some types of cancers. Purple carrots also contain Falcarinol, which inhibits lipoxygenase enzyme activity (inflammatory leukotrienes, which are involved in eczema). While eating purple carrots alone may not prevent eczema, as a part of The Eczema Diet they can help to restore acid-alkaline balance and reduce inflammation. If you can’t find purple carrots at your local supermarket, add red cabbage or beetroot to your meals or pop them in the juicer.

One of the research articles on purple carrots:

http://lmcfood.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/FOOD/Dokumenter/Courses/Food_Medicine_Philosophy/2007_2008_course_lectures_materials/Purple_carrot_J._Agric._Food_Chem.___2008__56__3554-3560.pdf

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Fishy research for eczema sufferers

 

Eating fish has long been associated with healthy skin but is fish good for eczema? Researchers from Sweden found that the early introduction of fish into a child’s diet reduces the risk of eczema and asthma.

How soon can you introduce fish into a child’s diet?

Norwegian researchers found that frequent fish consumption before age 1 is associated with a reduced risk of allergic disease for toddlers. In this study, the average age infants began eating fish was 9 months of age (another study suggested 8 months of age was ideal and it reduced the risk of allergy). The Norwegian researchers concluded that fish consumption in infancy was more important than maternal fish intake during pregnancy in preventing childhood eczema.

Eczema Diet readers: check out pages 78 to 80 for safe seafood and fish to avoid.

You can read more on the eczema fish studies here:

http://jech.bmj.com/content/64/2/124.short

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1398-9995.2006.01115.x/full

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20670305

FYI: Keep in mind that fish allergy is possible so avoid fish if your child is allergic to fish or seafood.

 

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Why papaya is on the cover

 

I have just returned from Auckland, New Zealand where I completed a three day book tour for The Eczema Diet. During one of the interviews (I think it was the Saturday Breakfast TV interview with gorgeous host Tamati) I was asked why papaya featured on the cover of The Eczema Diet. I briefly answered the question but there are several more reasons why papaya was singled out for the cover…

Papaya is one of many eczema-safe ingredients detailed in the book but it made the cover because it is not only low in natural chemicals (the ones that can make your skin itchier) but because it’s also packed with nutrients that protect the skin and improve digestion.

Papaya provides…

  • a range of carotenoids, which are potent antioxidants that can modulate gene activity to protect against inflammatory damage and tumour growth
  • antioxidant lycopene to protect the skin from sun damage (there is no lycopene in pawpaw)
  • vitamin C, which is a natural anti-histamine to help manage allergy symptoms
  • digestive enzyme papain, which kills parasites in the gut – and after antibiotic use or a bout of illness you can eat a serve of papaya daily to promote recolonisation of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract

Tip: If papaya is not available, use pawpaw in The Eczema Diet recipes instead.

Health and happiness,
Karen Fischer