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Nutritional Supplements
Vitamin A
Reduces sebum production and build-up of keratin in the follicle. Necessary for skin healing.
Food sources: animal livers, fish oils, green and yellow fruits and vegetables. Foods containing significant amounts include apricots, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, kale, papayas, peaches, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes
Note: animal sources of Vitamin A are up to 6 times as strong as vegetable sources.
Caution: Pregnant women should consult their General Practitioner before taking vitamin A
Dosage: For sexually active women of child bearing age not more than 5000i.u per day, for all others not more than 25,000i.u. per day.

Improves glucose tolerance and enhances insulin sensitivity.
Food sources: Beer, brewers yeast, brown rice, cheese, meat, whole grains, chicken, dairy products, eggs, mushrooms, potatoes
Caution: Insulin-dependent Diabetics should consult their General practitioner before taking.
Dosage: 200ug per day.

Involved in the proper metabolism of testosterone. Also involved in Vitamin A function, wound healing, strengthening immune function, tissue regeneration and inflammation control. It is also a necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin and assists in preventing scarring.
Food sources: brewers yeast, pulse, egg yolks, fish, lamb, legumes, pumpkin seeds, poultry, meats, mushrooms, seafood, oysters, whole grains, soy lecithin, sardines, legumes and lima beans.
Caution: do not take more than 100mg of zinc daily
Dosage: 30-45mg per day.

Vitamin E
Necessary for the functioning of vitamin A and Selenium. Possesses Anti-oxidant activity that enhances healing and tissue repair.
Food Sources: cold pressed vegetable oils, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts whole grains, brown rice, cornmeal, milk, organ meats, soybeans, sweet potatoes, watercress, wheat and wheat germ.
Caution: Anti-coagulant medication (blood-thinning) consult your general practitioner before taking.
Comments: Take a d-alpha-tocopherol form
Dosage: 400iu per day.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
known as the ‘anti-stress vitamin' is important in fat metabolism and reduces sebum secretion and acne lesions.
Food sources: Brewers yeast, beef, eggs, fresh vegetables, kidney, legumes, liver, mushroom, nuts, pork, saltwater fish, whole wheat.
Dosage: 50mg per day.

Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
A deficiency of this B Vitamin causes both increased uptake of and sensitivity to testosterone. Women with pre-menstrual aggravation of acne are often responsive to Vitamin B6 Supplementation
Food sources: Brewers yeast, carrots, chicken, eggs, fish, meats, peas, spinach, sunflower seeds, walnuts, wheat germ, avocado, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, whole grains, cabbage, corn, plantain, potatoes, rice bran, soybeans.
Dosage: 50mg per day

A powerful antioxidant that encourages tissue elasticity. Also an integral mineral to a enzyme, glutathione peroxidase which is important in preventing inflammation in acne .
Food sources: selenium can be found in meat and grains, depending on the selenium content of the soil where the food is raised. It is also found in brazil nuts, brewers yeast, broccoli, brown rice, chicken, dairy products, pulse, garlic, kelp, liver, onions, salmon, seafood, tuna, vegetables, wheat germ and whole grains
Dosage: 200mcg per day.

Replenishes essential bacteria to reduce outbreaks of acne.
Notes: Take Acidophilus on an empty stomach and one hour before each meal. Use a non-dairy formula. It is not advisable to buy a product containing a combination of strains of lactobacilli, as one organism may be antagonistic to another. A single strain product with a count of at least 1 billion organism per gram or capsule is often better than a combination. Some Acidophilus formulations need storing in the refrigerator.

Essential fatty acids
Omega 3 Fatty acids have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. They are essential for rebuilding and producing new cells, maintain a healthy cell membrane and ensure normal transport of nutrients into cells.
Notes: Flax Seed oil is rich in Omega 3
Dosage: 1-2 teaspoons daily

Berberis Aquifolium, is the herb of choice for acne as it is a powerful liver cleanser and clears the complexion. Historically, tonic herbs such as burbock, have been used in the treatment of acne. These herbs are believed to have a cleansing action when taken internally. Many herbal preparations combine burdock root with other alternative herbs, such as dandelion, milk thistle, red clover, yellow dock or cleavers. The herb agnus castus when taken regularly can aid in pre-menstrual breakouts.

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