Zinc is a key nutrient in skin health. When combined with vitamins A, D and E, plus essential fatty acids, zinc can help speed healing of eczema, one of the most common forms of allergy. Dr Jonathan V. Wright, of Kent, Washington, has used zinc-centered therapy successfully in over forty people.
Basically, zinc therapy begins at 50 milligrams, three times a day, combined with 1,000 milligrams of vitamin Ñ twice a day. During acute flare-up a tablespoon of cod liver oil (containing vitamins A, D and E) is added. After the eczema begins to subside, therapy is reduced to 25 milligrams of zinc a day, 1,000 milligrams of vitamin Ñ day, and daily cod liver oil in winter.
Zinc therapy takes from three weeks to six months to take effect, depending on the stubbornness of the rash. To speed healing, Dr Wright recommends the addition of essential fatty acids, which are found in vegetable oils such as safflower, sunflower, sesame and others. ‘Very recently, research work has uncovered the zinc-essential fatty acid connection – showing zinc to be crucial to the transformation of some of the nutritionally derived essential fatty acids to their active form,’ explains Dr Wright.