Vitamins for Scleroderma PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 December 2010 09:59
Scleroderma is a class of diseases in which your skin and organs tighten and harden. This autoimmune condition occurs when your body produces an excess of collagen, a protein that comprises your connective tissues. Scleroderma may affect the skin on your hands and face only. However, it can also affect the internal organs of your body and become a serious health problem. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, if you have scleroderma you may not receive sufficient vitamins and minerals in your diet, particularly if your gastrointestinal system is damaged. Certain vitamins may help relieve and manage symptoms of this condition.

Vitamin C
Your doctor may recommend a vitamin C supplement if you have scleroderma, according to the UMMC. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help your body fight damage from free radicals, molecules that cause damage to your cells and tissues. Consuming vitamin C, therefore, may protect you from further damage due to inflammation or infection in the body. Vitamin C-rich foods include oranges, strawberries, broccoli, melons and dark leafy greens.

Beta-Carotene And Vitamin A
Beta-carotene is a precursor for vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system and skin condition. People with scleroderma have low levels of beta-carotene in their body, according to the UMMC . This suggests that supplements of beta-carotene may be useful for those with scleroderma. Studies, however, are inconclusive. The UMMC recommends that you consume your beta-carotene from food sources such as carrots, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkin.

Vitamin E
Your doctor may recommend a vitamin E supplement if you have scleroderma, according to the UMMC. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can protect your body from free radical damage. This prevents and reduces further risk of inflammation, tissue damage and infection in your body. Good dietary sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, almonds, nut butters, spinach and avocado.

Source: Andrews, J. (2010), "Vitamins for Scleroderma", Livestrong.com. Original article can be viewed here.

 
More articles :

» Stem Cell Transplant Helps Retired New Jersey Principal

Covered within a recent article, New Jersey resident, Michael George feels “reborn” after having his own implanted in him to treat his in a new . The retired William C. McGinnis School principal, who in April was taken off all medications,...

» Types of Stem Cell Treatments for Scleroderma

is a slowly debilitating terminal illness that robs the skin, limbs and vital organs through the process of pain upon exposure to cold and the tightening, thickening and in-elasticity of the skin. Scleroderma deposits connective tissue in places...

» Scleroderma Drug In Development

According to , has partnered with , the health care investment arm of Morgan Keegan and Co. Inc., to jump-start a capital campaign to raise $12 million to $15 million. ArGentis shelved the campaign last year when the economy soured.The money will...

» Researchers Identify Core Genetic Switch As A Viable Target For New Scleroderma Treatments

Scleroderma is a rare, autoimmune disease. Often fatal, it causes the fibrosis or thickening of the connective tissue which support the skin and other vital organs within the body, through the overproduction of . The disease currently lacks a cure...

» Dysexecutive Syndrome A Specific Pattern of Cognitive Impairment in Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic sclerosis (SSc), also called scleroderma, is a connective-tissue disorder characterized by obliterative microvascular lesions and diffuse interstitial fibrosis. SSc damages the small and medium-sized vessels serving the skin, joints...

» The Impact Of Art On Wellbeing In Autoimmune Disease

An innovative Newcastle research project is measuring the impact of creating art on the symptoms and overall wellbeing of people living with an autoimmune illness.A team at the University of Newcastle, in conjunction with the at John Hunter...

Comments  

 
+1 #3 jalie 2012-08-19 10:15
Karen, Here is my theory (as a non- professional). It is misleading to conclude that since Vit C contributes to collagen production, and Scleroderma is associated with overproduction of collagen, that therefore Vit C 'causes' over production of collagen, or in some way worsens Scleroderma. I have not seen any evidence to substantiate this reasoning or theory.Rather, the overproduction is stimulated internally, by signals from the body itself IN RESPONSE TO damaged tissue- inflammation of the tissue itself. If that inflammation is ongoing in susceptible individuals then the call for increased collagen will be made. No amount of avoiding Vit C will change that call for more Collagen. On the other hand Vit C's other function as a free radical scavenger directly plays a role in clearing and reducing inflammation. It is the liver that controls both of these functions in the body and Vit C must be ingested daily since Vit C is water soluble and the body uses as needed and as available, and it quickly leaves the body without being stored.The antioxidant effect of Vit C is well established, and for any autoimmune condition where inflammation presents Vit C has known anti-free radical activity. There are better supplements than the Vit C, but antioxidants are not addressing the "cause" of the inflamed tissue. Inflammation seems to be a result of improper diet, causing dietary toxins and life style stresses incl. exposure to environmental toxins and insufficient sleep.
Report to administrator
 
 
0 #2 adelwyn 2012-01-15 21:26
Karen, "Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help your body fight damage from free radicals, molecules that cause damage to your cells and tissues. Consuming vitamin C, therefore, may protect you from further damage due to inflammation or infection in the body"
Report to administrator
 
 
0 #1 Karen 2012-01-14 11:23
Im a lil confused on the Vitamin C....does it or does it not assist in building of collagen? Ive been to several sites on Vitamins...researched it on ALOT and each one states this is one of the "jobs" of Vit.C. On another site...a Scleroderma site...ALOT of people state to avoid vit. c also! why does this site state to take it?
Report to administrator