Can Paleo Help Ichthyosis?

Can Paleo Help Ichthyosis? | The Paleo Diet

Dear Loren Cordain/Paleo Diet Team,
I can’t thank you enough for your research. I have been living the Paleo Diet for nearly a year now, and it has completely transformed my life. I had been suffering from Sjogrens syndrome for years, but after starting this diet my symptoms disappeared almost instantly! I will never eat any other way again.

I also have a question. A friend of mine is suffering from ichthyosis. It is a rare disease where skin dries out. It has a genetic cause. Can the Paleo Diet bring relief to people with these type of diseases as well?

Maelán Fontes’ Response:

Ichthyosis Vulgaris has a genetic background. However, our colleague Pedro provided us some information regarding this rare disease. There’s some scant evidence that a gluten-free diet might alleviate symptoms of Ichthyosis, and there appears to be an association with coeliac disease (a gluten-triggered disease).

Folic acid and vitamin D supplementation seems to improve this condition.

There’s a case report of a patient suffering from ichthyosis whose symptoms improved within 6 months of treatment.

Please keep us posted.

Maelán Fontes MS Ph.D. candidate in Medical Sciences at Lund University, Sweden

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“3” Comments

  1. I have suffered from IV my entire life (23 years) and I agree, my scales flare up when I consume gluten and sugar. Are there any natural/holistic topical solutions to go with the change to a real-food diet? How much Vitamin D should I take each day? I’m fairly new to paleo (less than a year) and I’m honestly fed up with using expensive lotions that work moderate at best. I know my newfound lifestyle can offer solutions, but I was wondering what they are or if there are any studies I can read about this.

    Thank you!

  2. My son has ichthyosis. His Dr. put him on a diet that avoids processed foods, sugar, caffeine, gluten and dairy. Basically he eats whole foods only, and drinks plenty of water as well as has oils and Vitamin D supplements, along with some other supplements. His skin has improved dramatically. Barely any scales this winter, it’s incredible.

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