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Several skin promoting nutrients may be beneficial in managing rosacea. A diet rich in B vitamins (B-complex) is important to consume because a deficiency in B vitamins is sometimes observed in people with rosacea. According to some studies, vitamin B12 and riboflavin (B2) may be especially useful in managing rosacea. The other B vitamins are thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, and folate. Dietary sources rich in several B vitamins include fortified cereals, brewer's yeast, and fortified instant breakfast mixes. A diet rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids, such as in flaxseed oil, is also essential in rosacea management. Consuming foods low in saturated fat and avoiding trigger foods may lessen rosacea symptoms.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

flaxseed oil
The red, itchy patches of rosacea often respond to the essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil, which have anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties.
Leading Food Sources of flaxseed oil: Oil, flaxseed

omega-3 fatty acids
In managing rosacea, omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial because they reduce inflammation and help regulate nutrients in cells. Omega-3 fatty acids are also an essential ingredient in producing prostaglandins, hormone like substances that stimulate contraction of blood vessels.
Leading Food Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, Trout, Tuna

vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is an important nutritional factor in managing rosacea because B12 is essential for cell growth, reproduction, and repair.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin B12: Beef, Lamb, Yogurt, Tuna, Trout, Oysters, Crab, Clams

vitamin C
Vitamin C may benefit this skin disorder in several ways. It's thought to reinforce the membranes lining blood vessels as well as the connective tissue between skin cells. The vitamin also minimizes histamine release, an important function in the setting of rosacea given that histamine widens blood vessels as part of allergic reactions.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Strawberries, Kiwi fruit, Potatoes, Peppers, bell, red, Tangerines & other mandarins, Oranges

Zinc may be beneficial for rosacea because it helps to heal the top layer of skin (epidermis) and to regulate blood levels of vitamin A. Because copper metabolism and status may be influenced by zinc intake, it is important to also ingest copper. Fortunately, among food sources, most zinc-rich foods also contain adequate copper.
Leading Food Sources of zinc: Barley, Chicken, Wheat, Crab, Oysters, Lamb, Beef, Turkey

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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