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I have dark circles under my eyes, can food help?

A. Dark circles could be a result of many factors such as genetics, nutritional status, lack of rest, etc. Although they may not pose any serious health condition, it is recommended to consult with a dermatologist in order to assess your situation, its causes, and the right therapy if needed. There are some nutritional conditions that may lead to the appearance of dark circles underneath the eyes which will be discussed below. Dermatologists have recently discovered that the dark circles underneath the eyes can be a visible symptom of Vitamin K deficiency leading to poor blood flow beneath the eyes. You can reverse this deficiency by adding foods rich in vitamin K to your diet. These include brown rice, eggs, oatmeal, wheat, alfalfa, sweet potatoes, liver, soybeans, and milk. Adding some Vitamin E to your diet such as Spinach, Sun flower seeds, Almonds, Asparagus, Bell Peppers, can help your body make better use of Vitamin K. Other certain foods, such as cranberries, blueberries, tea (green and black), onions, legumes, and parsley contain various antioxidant pigments that help strengthen blood vessels; hence, diminishing the black spots beneath the eyes . In addition, in some cases, a minimal Vitamin A deficiency may contribute to dark circles. Therefore, consuming good sources of Vitamin A (Examples: Carrots, Cantaloupe, Apricots) will help keep the eyes in good health and reduce the presence of dark circles. Water retention is also a contributing factor. Therefore it is important to limit your salt intake, and to stay away from smoking. Last but not least, protect yourself from dehydration which causes dark puffy eyes by drinking enough water per day (8-10 cups).

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