Role of diet in Vitiligo

vitiligo-dietVitiligo is a chronic skin condition marked by white depigmented patches that develop and enlarge in certain section of the skin. Formation of these patches is associated with destruction of pigment called melanin. This pigment melanin is responsible for giving color to the skin.

Any skin condition is treated better and faster if proper diet is observed during the treatment. Vitiligo is also not an exception.

Following points should be kept in mind as far as diet is concerned in vitiligo:

  • vitamin b12 for vitiligoIncrease intake of foods containing vit B12: Dairy products like skimmed milk, curd and sprouted beans are also a good source of Vit B12. So patients of vitiligo should consume above items more.


  • Increase intake of omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids are very important in terms of skin nutrition. One should include flax seed, flax seeds oil, walnut, chia seeds.

Avoid junk foods in vitiligo

    • Avoid junk foods: Studies have shown that children who have habit of eating a lot of junk are at a high risk of developing vitiligo. Also a lot of intake of chocolates, cheese, coffee is also not good for patients with vitiligo.


    • Vitamin D: Include Vitamin D in the diet. So increase intake of milk and soymilk in the diet. Best and free source of Vitamin D is the sunlight. One should make a habit of sitting and exposing the vitiligo affected part to the sunlight.

Whole grains boost skin health in Vitiligo

  • Whole grains: Eating whole grains have a great benefit as they contain lots of fibers, they free the body from toxins. Grains like oats be taken in a large amount in vitiligo. Oats are having high content of Vitamin E which is known to boost skin health.



  • As far as possible opt for vegetarian diet: Avoiding non-veg foods and starting with pure vegetarian diet offersa great benefit to the vitiligo patients. Spinach and Garlic have more benefits. Spinach is known to repair skin damage and garlic is a good source of natural antibiotic. So These two should be consumed more.

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Following food items should be avoided if you are suffering from vitiligo:

  • Avoid sour fruits like oranges, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries etc.
  • Beef, red meat etc. should also be avoided. Because they are very heavy to digest and if not digested well they can form toxins in the body. Which in turn aggravate the vitiligo.
  •  Pickles, spicy food, preservative added foods, soft drinks, carbonated drinks etc. play havoc with the health in vitiligo and they aggravate the condition. So these items are a big no no in vitiligo.
  •  Foods with added artificial colors and flavors are also to be avoided in vitiligo.
  • Dr Rajesh Shah MD, at Life Force has a vast experience of 20 years of treating vitiligo patients. He firmly believes that homeopathic treatment when combined with above dietary restrictions and additions certainly helps to a great extent in the treatment of vitiligo.
Read the precautions a Vitiligo patient must take

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  1. 3

    Hi, Thanks for your good article
    I have a question about Coffee , Is coffee bad for Vitiligo ?
    Thanks again
    I will be waiting for your response
    Best Regards

    • 12
      Life Force

      Carrots and dates are super food which helps in improving your immunity. They are rich in iron, beta-carotene fiber, and vitamins. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease you should be focusing on improving your immunity by eating these foods on a daily basis along with treatment.

  2. 13

    sir you have told in someother page garlic is not good when you take homeopathy treatment .but as far as vitiligo you are suggested to take more garlic .. I am vitiligo patient so shall I take garlic or not ?

    • 14
      Life Force

      Yes. It is now a myth that garlic should not be taken when you are on homeopathic treatment. You can take garlic but keep a gap of 30 mins before taking the medicines.

    • 16
      Life Force

      As you are suffering from Vitiligo, it is advised to avoid sour food from your diet. So do not include lemon juice or tomato in your food. Usually, it is advised to vitiligo patients that not to apply anything externally on hypo-pigmented or while spots.
      For Hyper-pigmentation or dark spots on your forehead and back, you can apply fresh lemon juice or fresh tomato juice. If you find any irritation of skin after applying lemon or tomato juice, please stop using it and consult your local doctor.

    • 20
      Life Force

      Salt should be adequate in your diet. everything excess is harmful, however salt has nothing to do with your vitiligo. For more detail, you may call us on 022 66888888.

    • 22
      Life Force

      In order to guide you correctly for your query, we request you to provide your contact detail so one of our expert doctors will contact you or you may call us on + 91-22-66-888888 or write to us

    • 26
      Life Force

      In order to guide you correctly for your query, we request you to provide your contact detail so one of our expert doctors will contact you or you may call us on + 91-22-66-888888 or write to us

  3. 27
    Sandra Curiel

    My name is Sandra, I have vitiligo on my legs, arms, hands, and neck. What kind of Dr do I need to see? I am so desperate to heal from this.


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