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Assessment of Dietary Supplementation in the Treatment of Vitiligo



Mallory K. Smith1, Tasneem F. Mohammad2, Iltefat H. Hamzavi2, *
1 Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA


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© 2017 Smith et al.

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Health System, 3031 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 800, Detroit, MI 48202, USA; Tel: (313) 916-6964; Email: ihamzav1@hfhs.org


Abstract

Background:

Vitiligo is the most common acquired pigmentary disorder in the world. Due to alterations in physical appearance, vitiligo is a psychologically devastating disease. Although treatment options exist, a cure for this disease has yet to be discovered. Of recent interest in vitiligo is the relationship between diet and disease.

Objective:

To review various dietary modifications and supplementation used in the management of vitiligo.

Materials and Methods:

A thorough evaluation of recent literature using the keywords “vitiligo, diet, supplement, antioxidant, vitamin, mineral, zinc, copper, gluten-free, celiac disease, alternative medicine” in the NCBI PubMed search function was performed.

Results:

A total of 39 relevant articles were reviewed and critically evaluated.

Conclusion:

Initial studies regarding the treatment of vitiligo through dietary modification are promising, although further studies are needed in multiple populations to explore the therapeutic value of these interventions.

Keywords: Diet, Vitiligo, Supplementation, Antioxidant, Repigmentation, Management.