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Nickel Allergy Diet – When Food Becomes Your Enemy

I bet many of you have been wondering about the science behind the low nickel diet. Well, I have too. I have been following Athena Allergy’s Low Nickel Diet for 4 years now, well on and off, you know how good food is. Anyway, the Low Nickel Diet is stated by most researchers that it helps rashes and eczema in your body. Well, I believe it helps much more than that. For you 1%ers who literally look at nickel and cringe, well I am speaking to you. For me, I can cheat for two days and all sorts of things happen. Eczema, indigestion, migraines, insomnia, throat infection, swollen lymph nodes and more than I can remember, no wonder I am so neurotic.
Do you feel my frustration? Well, let’s go through this nickel allergy diet and you might also think food is your enemy.
Ashimav D Sharma wrote in the Indian Journal of Dermatology that a nickel allergy may develop at any age. Once it has developed, it tends to persist life-long.{I guess all my prayers were for nothing.} Nickel is present in most of the dietary items, and foods are considered to be a major source of nickel exposure for the general population. Nickel in the diet of a nickel-sensitive person can provoke dermatitis. This can influence the outcome of the disease and can benefit the nickel sensitive patient. There are reports of serious reactions such as erythema multiforme and vasculitis following oral challenge.
Ashimav D Sharma wrote in the Indian Journal of Dermatology that a nickel allergy may develop at any age. Once it has developed, it tends to persist life-long.{I guess all my prayers were for nothing.} Nickel is present in most of the dietary items, and foods are considered to be a major source of nickel exposure for the general population. Nickel in the diet of a nickel-sensitive person can provoke dermatitis. This can influence the outcome of the disease and can benefit the nickel sensitive patient. There are reports of serious reactions such as erythema multiforme and vasculitis following oral challenge.
Ashimav D Sharma wrote in the Indian Journal of Dermatology that a nickel allergy may develop at any age. Once it has developed, it tends to persist life-long.{I guess all my prayers were for nothing.} Nickel is present in most of the dietary items, and foods are considered to be a major source of nickel exposure for the general population. Nickel in the diet of a nickel-sensitive person can provoke dermatitis. This can influence the outcome of the disease and can benefit the nickel sensitive patient. There are reports of serious reactions such as erythema multiforme and vasculitis following oral challenge.

The evidence for the role of dietary nickel in provoking/aggravating eczema is as follows:

Flare of eczema and/or patch test sites upon oral nickel challenge.[5]
Improvement of dermatitis on a low nickel diet.[16]
Improvement of dermatitis by oral disulfiram {alcoholic medication, who knew?} which chelates nickel and increases its excretion.[17]
Improvement of dermatitis by oral disulfiram {alcoholic medication, who knew?} which chelates nickel and increases its excretion.[17]

Food with high nickel content irrespective of the soil content

  1. Whole wheat, whole grain, rye, oat, millet, buckwheat, cocoa, chocolate, tea, gelatin, baking powder, soy products, red kidney beans, legumes: Peas, lentils, peanut, soya beans and chickpeas, dried fruits, canned foods, beverages, strong licorice, and certain vitamin supplements.
  2. United Kingdom

    Beer, red wine, mackerel, tuna, herring and shellfish, sunflower seeds, linseeds, hazelnuts, marzipan, walnuts, tomatoes, onion, raw carrots The mean total dietary intake of nickel has been reported to be between 0.12-0.21 mg in UK [20]

    Canada

    Beer, red wine, mackerel, tuna, herring and shellfish, sunflower seeds, linseeds, hazelnuts, marzipan, walnuts, tomatoes, onion, raw carrots The mean total dietary intake of nickel has been reported to be between 0.207-0.406 mg in Canada.[26]

    Finland

    Beer, red wine, mackerel, tuna, herring and shellfish, sunflower seeds, linseeds, hazelnuts, marzipan, walnuts, tomatoes, onion, raw carrots The mean total dietary intake of nickel has been reported to be 0.13 mg in Finland,[24]

    United States

    Beer, red wine, mackerel, tuna, herring and shellfish, sunflower seeds, linseeds, hazelnuts, marzipan, walnuts, tomatoes, onion, raw carrots The mean total dietary intake of nickel has been reported to be 0.17 mg in US.[25]

    Denmark

    The dietary intake of nickel in Denmark is comparatively higher and could reach over 900 μg/day, and this was due to the high intake of oatmeal and legumes, including soybean, nuts, cocoa and chocolate.[27]

    India

    Indian diets are rich in plant food in comparison to Western diet, which is rich in animal food, and therefore, it contains considerable amount of nickel. Cereals, pulses and vegetables constitute the main bulk of the Indian diet. Pulses comprise varieties of gram, lentils, beans and peas, which have high nickel content. Vegetables used in Indian diets include green leaves, roots and tubers and other vegetables. Vegetables such as spinach, onion and garlic are very popular and are found to contain moderately high amounts of nickel. Tea is consumed throughout India; dried tea leaves used for beverage making have been found to contain high nickel concentration which is about 3.9-8.2 mg/kg.[28]
    The High concentration of nickel is sometimes found in processed foods. This is free nickel, picked up from the stainless steel used in the manufacture of equipment and containers. In general, cooking in stainless utensils releases a negligible amount of nickel; however, cooking acidic food in these utensils may increase the nickel content.
    A daily dietary requirement of 25-35 μg of nickel has been suggested.[30] However, the role of nickel in biochemical functions is not clear.
    Are your brain’s fried? Well, mine is wondering how I am still alive. Thanks for taking the time to read all this maybe it might help you. Why don’t you tell me if your food just became your enemy after reading this?

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