Using Iron & Vitamin C to Reduce Nickel Absorption

Steak Caesar salad with
homemade croutons.
Sometimes I crave foods that trigger my nickel food allergy. I call these nickel food allergy offenders. I have read dermatology studies arguing that when you eat foods rich in iron and vitamin C, your body absorbs less nickel.

Sometimes I crave foods that trigger my nickel food allergy. I call these nickel food allergy offenders.

This past week I ate two: chocolate and lettuce. I thoroughly enjoyed a dark chocolate heresy’s bar with milk and a delicious chicken caesar salad.

We have all read multiple studies that discuss the heart and brain benefits of dark chocolate. Similarly, romaine lettuce is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including iron and vitamin C.

After eating both of these nickel food allergy offenders, the dark chocolate bothered my skin ten times as much as the romaine lettuce. I wondered why there would be such a difference in my eczema flare up with this two nickel allergy offenders?

I have read dermatology studies arguing that when you eat foods rich in iron and vitamin C, your body absorbs less nickel. For me, there was a direct correlation between the salad’s iron and vitamin C benefits, which positively resulted in a less severe eczema reaction.

Whenever I am hungry for leafy greens, I choose to eat a steak Caesar salad!

6 comments
  1. I was patch tested and came up 1+ in nickel. I bought American Health Ezter C 500 mg with citrus bioflavonoids. I don’t know if I did the right thing. I’ve had rash all over from dermatitis allergic to not only nickel but fragrance came out on 2nd patch test March 28. I don’t know if I should have bought this. Will call American Health. I cheated and ate lot of chocolate this week.

    1. Hi Linda,
      I’m not sure what’ best for you, only you can determine that. Vitamin c can reduce the absorption of nickel. I usually take Benadryl before I go to bed when I eat a large amount of foods higher in nickel. Some days are harder than others.
      Warm regards,
      Christy

  2. I have just been diagnosed with nickel allergy. I had the patch test done but my dermatologist is So worthless, she did not even send me to the allergist, I went on my own. I have so many unanswered questions about my allergy now and the internet makes matters worse with conflicting info…where do I turn for answers? My internist? My allergist? A dietician? A different dermatologist?

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Thanks for your comment. I never saw an allergist or internist. I also never had good luck with a dietician that knew about the low nickel diet.My skin patch test and dermatologist’s recommendation to try eating a lower nickel diet, ultimately resolve my eczema symptoms. Have you tried using a food journal? The reason there are so many different lists is it depends on where the food is grown, as nickel is in our air, water and soil. I write more about this in my latest post.
      Warm regards,
      Christy

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