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Old 10-08-2006, 08:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I've heard some of its genetic but I tend to think that some things that are said to be genetic may actually be learned eating habits.

If one has under eye circles what supplements and foods does it often indicate are needed?

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I think it is genetic. My dh has them. He is one of the healthiest eaters I know - lots of fruit/veggetables, meats, fish, grains - you name it. I cook myself from scrach and I am not adding abny preservatives. I belive he has them due to allergy (his nose is always running unless he uses the meds). My ds also has them and he started having them pretty much since infancy. He also started to have problemds with allergy. So to you question, I think you can reduce them if you try to to get to the bottom of what causes it, but I do not think it is food (unless it is allergy to a specific type of food).
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My sister has always had under eye circles. I too, believe it is genetic.
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My dd got dark circles under her eyes before we eliminated wheat/gluten from her diet. Now they've completely disappeared. IME, they are always related to a food intolerance/allergy. I know of other kids irl whose dark circles disappeared after they eliminated dairy too.
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You'll see this listed on many symptom lists for adrenal fatigue.
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I have circles and so does 2 of my girls. They've had them since birth. They get darker when I'm sick, not getting enough sleep, etc.

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i have heard that most often it is from an allergy.

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Allergies are a big reason. It could be food allergies or environmental. My youngest was just dx with some food allergies. They are mild but since eliminating them from her diet her eyes look better. My oldest gets the dark eyes during grass pollen season.

Of course there are other reasons for them: sleep deprivation, illness, anemia, liver problems. But yeah, I agree, for many its just genetic.

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Allergies are a big reason. It could be food allergies or environmental....Of course there are other reasons for them: sleep deprivation, illness, anemia, liver problems. But yeah, I agree, for many its just genetic.
I wonder if it's genetic as in, allergies can be genetic, so can sleep apnea, so can liver issues, anemia, chronic illness.
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My Madeline and hubby both get dark under eye circles due to a milk intollerance issue. As soon as we cut out most of the diary in both of their diets their eyes cleared right up!
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largely it's genetic but can also be from allergies (more of a bluish tint to them) and, for me, they are very very faint when i am healthy, but get much darker when i am sleep deprived.
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For us it's genetic, but it does get more pronounced with fatigue and anemia.

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I asked my hematologist if my dark circles were from my anemia (i was having my levels monitored at the time because i bled a LOT diring my middle child's birth and i was down to a 6).... she said, no not at all, it's probably genetic.
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I'd never heard that they were genetic at all, only that they were related to lack of [effective] sleep or allergies.

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mine worsen when my allergies flare up.
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My understanding is that they can also result from a mineral deficiency.

I get them when I am worn out. Not just tired, but when my energy, etc is low. My DD has them and I think it is from a magnesium deficiency. We are working on it.
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When I had candida or when I have dairy ( I am allergic) I will get huge dark circles under my eyes.
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