_I have suffered with digestive problems ever since I was a baby and started developing vitiligo from toddler age onwards. From early adulthood I also developed #arthritis. Either I'm unlucky or there is a link! Interestingly, the nutritional supplements I have been taking for the past two and a half years have not only improved my vitiligo by about 98% but my digestion is better than it ever was and I have less arthritic pain too. Again, I doubt that this is coincidence.
I found the following on a website called rawfoodinfo.com and it reinforced, yet again, that the key to vitiligo (and so many other diseases no doubt) lies in the condition of our digestive system and therefore the effective treatment of it can be found by changing and/or supplementing our diet. The nutrients referred to in this study (plus a lot of others too) are all in the supplements that I take and - also in line with the study - sun exposure has been an important part of my recovery. I'd be interested to know how many other vitiligo sufferers also have digestive problems...
Swedish researchers Lennart Juhlin, M.D. and colleagues at the University of Uppsala helped a significant number of patients in their study achieve re-pigmentation of their skin utilizing vitamin B12, folic acid, and sun exposure. Sixty-seven women and 33 men (ages 9 to 75) were given 1 mg. of vitamin B12 and 5 mg. of folic acid, two times daily. During the summer they were encouraged to have sunlight fall on their skin and during the winter to use lamps that emit ultraviolet B (UVB) light. Sunlight or UVB exposure was carried on long enough to create a slight reddening of the white areas of the skin. The participants were in the program for 3 to 6 months and 52 of the 67 patients experienced significant re-pigmentation of the blanched areas of their skin. Most noted re-pigmentation during the summer months.
Six patients experienced complete re-pigmentation of their vitiliginous skin, while 64% noted that the vitiligo stopped advancing after treatment. The combination of folic acid and vitamin B12 combined with the sun exposure produced better re-pigmentation than sun exposure or the vitamins alone.
The recommendation is that the vitamin and ultraviolet light treatment should continue as long as the white areas continue to re-pigment. Since at least 3 to 6 months were required for re-pigmentation to occur, patience is required for those utilizing this therapy. (Since the underlying causes of the pigment loss in vitiligo may be associated with autoimmune mechanisms arising from the "leaky gut syndrome," ...)
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.