What food is rich in vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, phenolic compounds, and flavonoids, and actually may help fight the good fight against angular cheilitis? The answer, A brain food and perhaps lip food, known as eggplant. (I guess the title gave it away.) It appears that some folks are touting its virtues and effectiveness against perleche, but by using it in a manner that you may not know.

Before disclosing the ‘eggplant method,’ let me provide some advice on choosing the heartiest and healthiest eggplant available. The skin should be shiny and smooth and the color should be vibrant. I’m used to purchasing purple eggplants but they can also come in white or green. Avoid eggplants that have been waxed – the more natural, the better.

There should be no bruises or skin discolorations, if possible, too. If you notice eggplant spots, refrain from purchasing it. Marks can indicate that the flesh underneath may not be fresh. Don’t be shy about testing the eggplant for ripeness. Press your thumb against the skin and see if the indentation goes away. If it remains, the eggplant is not ripe, and should not be used.

Now at this point, you may think that by eating the eggplant, you’ll get the necessary antioxidants to battle angular cheilitis. After all, it has a flavonoid called nasunin that is a potent free radical scavenger that purportedly can protect cells from damage. Moreover, it has phenolic compounds that serve an antioxidant capacity and even protects the plant itself against fungi and bacteria. Any compound that can stymie baneful microorganisms would be perfect to combat perleche as well.

But one can argue against ingesting eggplants, too, as it contains oxylates. Such oxylates can become concentrated in body fluids and crystallize, engendering problems for certain individuals. Those with existing kidney and/or gallbladder problems would do best to avoid oxylate-containing foods. In addition, oxylates can lower calcium absorption.

Still, an eggplant dinner should have little effect on your cheilitis – positive or negative. But the eggplant method does not require ingestion, it merely recommends slicing and dicing the eggplant, subsequently soaking it in apple cider vinegar (ACV). (We already put a spotlight on the use of apple cider vinegar in another natural and home remedies entry.)

After a week (do you really want to wait that long to even try this remedy?), the eggplant’s alkaloids have leached into the apple cider vinegar. You can then discard the eggplant and use the solution on the perleche.

Now, I’ve never tried this option but I found several folks suggesting it. Perhaps the eggplant’s glycoalkaloids can really can really make the proverbial difference, but as ACV is not one of our favorite treatments, I’m not sure whether to jump on the eggplant bandwagon.

But this is not an expensive option, is natural, and can produce favorable dividends. Therefore, you may decide to go shopping, get that eggplant and ACV, and test its effectiveness against angular cheilitis. If it doesn’t work, just eat it going forward.

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