Sunday, February 19, 2012

Antioxidant therapy

The rationale for this approach rests on the hypothesis that vitiligo results from a deficiency of natural antioxidant mechanisms. Although to date (2008) not validated by a controlled clinical trial, selenium (a mineral), methionine, tocopherols (vitamin E), ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and ubiquinone (Co-enzyme Q10) are prescribed by some physicians. This is in addition to vitamin B12 and folic acid.

Food sources:

Selenium - brazil nuts, other nuts, meats, fish, eggs.
Ubiquinone - meats, vegetable oils (soy, olive and grapeseed)
Methionine - eggs, brazil nuts, sesame seeds, meats, fish
Tocopherol/vitamin E - vegetable oils, nuts, green leafy vegetables
Ascorbic Acid - acerola, rose hips, chili pepper

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