Most doctors would have us believe that there is no link between nutrition and vitiligo. Any suggestion from a vitiligo patient to this effect is often met with a brusque dismissal or a condescending smile.
Ever since I put the story of my own re-pigmentation on the internet I have frequently been asked if I have followed any particular diet. The answer I have given is "yes and no". I have not eliminated anything from my daily meals. However, I have consistently taken a blend of green superfoods (called Five a Day+) which contains massive levels of antioxidants and other nutrients that you would otherwise need to chomp your way through acres of dark, leafy green veg every day to attain.
I also took a food supplement that contains most of the vitamins and minerals associated with the pigmentation process and which - in an ideal world - I ought to be able to get from my daily diet but can't for some reason (probably a digestive malabsorption problem).
This approach seems to have compensated for any lack of attention on my part as to what tasty morsels I put on the end of my fork each day. But it still makes sense to me to avoid foods that may cause vitiligo to worsen. Opinions seem to differ on the subject of which foods are the bad guys. Some say dairy, some say gluten. Others advocate a vegetarian diet. But, if you leave the question of particular allergies and intolerances out of the equation, most seem to agree that avoiding too many processed foods and eating mainly vegetables and some fruits is the best option.
For a more scientific approach to the question, this research article - Vitiligo and diet: A theoretical molecular approach with practical implications - makes interesting reading. The case for loadinng up on antioxidants is clearly made. And the "bad guys" implicated in this paper, as far as foods go, are: Mango, cashew, pistaschio, oak, cassava, areca nut, red chillies, cherry, raspberry, cranberry, blackberry and tea contain naturally occurring plant phenol and polyphenolic compounds (tannins).
I hope this information is helpful. Personally, I shall miss cashews and red chillies, but I have never liked tea, so I now have an ideal excuse not to drink it just to be sociable!
A vitiligo blogger since 2011. My name is Caroline. I had vitiligo for nearly 50 years before finding an effective treatment. I created this blog to share my experiences with others affected by this skin condition.