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In this review, researchers looked specifically at the role of certain supplements in preventing an inflammatory skin disease known as atopic dermatitis:
In the studies reviewed, nearly 7,000 participants (pregnant or breast-feeding mothers, or children younger than three years old) took supplements. Results showed that, compared with controls,
The study authors comment that both researchers and parents with a family history of atopic dermatitis are increasingly interested in dietary options for prevention and treatment, adding “Based on the available studies, the best evidence supports supplementing infants alone or both mothers and their infants with certain single probiotics (for example, L rhamnosus GG) or with a mix (L acidophilus DDS-1 and B lactis UABLA-12).” They recommend further study “before we draw conclusions about the effectiveness of black currant seed oil, prebiotics, and formula.”
Natural substances may boost health. Specific natural remedies may play a powerful role in improving and maintaining health. The substances explored in this review were chosen because of their health-promoting and disease-preventing qualities. We will learn a lot more in the future about how dietary factors can help prevent and ease atopic dermatitis and other diseases.
Talk with a doctor. Talk with a knowledgeable doctor about the role of diet in your health and about the risks and benefits of supplements, especially if you are taking medications or managing a health condition.
(JAMA Dermatol 2013;149:350-5)