Discover how this naturally antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal gas can help you on your healing journey
What is ozone?
As you read this, tune into your breath.
You’re taking in nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide and small amounts of other gases—but you’re staying alive because you’re inhaling a regular supply of oxygen. This essential gas is made up of pairs of oxygen atoms (O2) and it’s so important that it makes up more than 20% of the air around you.
Ozone is oxygen with another atom, so it’s called O3. It occurs naturally in the earth’s atmosphere and serves to protect us from UV radiation . Its structure means it dynamically unstable, yet it’s found close to the Earth’s surface at concentrations that are compatible with life.
We rely on O2 to breathe, but research suggests that O3 may have health benefits too.
What is ozone therapy?
Ozone therapy involves administering medical O3 directly into a person’s tissues or bloodstream.
Ozone has a long history of therapeutic use. Since its discovery in the mid-nineteenth century, it has been used to disinfect drinking water. The first ozone generator (capable of creating medical-grade ozone) was created in 1896 by Nikola Tesla, one of the fathers of electricity. This patented Tesla Ozone Company machine would bubble ozone through oils to make a therapeutic gel.
Medical ozone was used during the First World War to heal infected wounds, and one doctor even harnessed its effect to tackle the recent Ebola breakout .
Today, ozone machines can be used to give treatment in a few ways:
- Direct application. Ozone gas can be applied directly to a wound using a protective coating.
- Into your blood. You can either give a sample of blood, which is then mixed with the ozone gas and injected back into you, or you can simply have the medical-grade ozone administered into your bloodstream.
- Into your muscles. Ozone can also be mixed with a sample of your blood (and sterile water) and injected directly into a muscle.
At the London Clinic of Nutrition, we offer ozone therapy through administering medical-grade ozone directly into your bloodstream. The procedure, which is conducted by nurses, is minimally invasive and takes only a few minutes.
What are ozone therapy benefits?
Ozone’s therapeutic effect is down to several functions. These include:
Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Ozone destroys bacterial cell walls, inhibits fungi growth and stops viruses from reproducing . It was even found to be able to kill the HIV virus in a petri dish (in vitro), though this effect wasn’t replicated in blood (in vivo) [4, 5].
Stimulating oxygen metabolism. Ozone increases the rate of glucose breakdown in red blood cells, which in turn makes more regenerative oxygen available to tissues. It also boosts the production of important antioxidant enzymes, such as glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase .
Activating the immune system. Ozone increases the production of interleukin-2, a special immune cell that starts a cascade of immune reactions .
It’s this broad range of effects that had led ozone to be investigated for use in several conditions. One ozone therapy study found that it could help to repair skin and tissue in people with type-2 diabetes, and clinical trials are currently have investigated its use for knee arthritis and back pain caused by herniated discs [8, 9, 10]. It’s also used in dentistry to clean teeth and treat root caries .
Here at the London Clinic of Nutrition, we’ve found it to be a useful adjuvant to several treatments, especially when the immune system needs support (more on this below).
What are ozone therapy dangers?
Most people think ozone is dangerous because of its link with pollution—but this is a misperception.
Lung-damaging smog is a mixture of ozone and nitrates, peroxides, sulphur oxides and hydrocarbons from combustion. The health consequences of smog are down these nitrates, peroxides, sulphur oxides and hydrocarbons—not the ozone, which typically remains at safe levels.
But the confusing thing is we determine the level of smog by measuring ozone. So, when we hear that ozone levels are high, what it really means is that smog is high. Smog damages lungs. Naturally occurring levels of ozone do not.
That’s not to say ozone is without danger. It’s a highly unstable molecule and medical-grade ozone has to be prepared with great care. Ozone has to be made from pure oxygen (not room air) and it must be measured precisely to achieve the right concentration . It must also be prepared just before use, otherwise it will convert back to simple O2.
It’s possible to buy ozone generators for use at home, but it’s safer and more effective to receive ozone therapy from a trained professional.
Can you get ozone therapy on the NHS?
It’s not yet possible to receive ozone therapy on the NHS. More and more research is uncovering its benefits—as well as showing that it has minimal and preventable side effects—so this may well change .
Until then, your best option is to receive ozone therapy privately. The London Clinic of Nutrition is a convenient choice for ozone therapy in London.
How much does ozone therapy cost?
Here at the London Clinic of Nutrition, we recommend a course of 10 ozone therapy sessions. Twice a week ideal, but they can be spaced to suit you.
Due to its ability to kill pathogens, stimulate the immune system and boost antioxidant activity, most people can benefit from ozone therapy. In our clinical experience, it’s especially helpful for people with a high pathogen load and for the following conditions:
High viral load
A course of 10 sessions of ozone therapy costs £1500. Its therapeutic effect could be what you need to get you to that next stage of your healing journey.
You can also purchase a single session of ozone therapy at £250.
If you’d like to book or find out more about ozone therapy, please feel free to get in touch.
You can learn more about IV nutrient therapy (including our other infusions) by visiting our IV nutrient page.
The sebaceous gland - located in the dermis - is responsible for producing an oily substance called sebum. Sebum provides lubrication to the skin and helps to make it waterproof. In some people, the sebaceous glands can produce too much oil which leads oily skin. The most common condition caused by excessive sebum production is acne. The key the successful treatment of oily skin is to identify and address the following underlying causes:
- Genetic factors - a positive family history is often a good indicator.
- Imbalance of the skin’s and the gut’s microbiome (the gut-skin axis).
- Systemic inflammation.
- Insulin resistance - exacerbates oily and acne prone skin by increasing the proliferation of keratinocytes and it also stimulates the synthesis of androgens.
- High androgens - testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT, the more metabolically active form of testosterone) cause the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum in the skin.
- Changes in female hormone levels - before menstruation, oestrogen and progesterone levels fall and result in proportionally higher levels of testosterone.
- Stress and other environmental factors.
The best vitamins to consider when treating oily, acne prone skin:
Vitamin A is by far the most researched vitamin in relation to oily and acne prone skin. Vitamin A is well known for its role in supporting barrier function, it also heals the skin and modulates sebum production. Consuming dietary beta carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A, may be the most optimal option to achieve good levels of Vitamin A in the body.
Vitamin E stimulates skin regeneration and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a promising tool in the treatment of oily, acne prone skin.
Vitamin C has also been shown to improve oily skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties.Vitamin C may help to reduce redness and swelling and is good for accelerating the healing process of the skin.
Vitamin B3 and B5 regulate the amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce and prevent them from going overdrive (9).
What vitamins are good for hair, nails and skin?
The skin, together with hair and nails, forms the integumentary system, a major protective barrier which guards us from chemicals, pathogens and other elements of our environment. Both hair and nails develop from the epidermis and are composed of (dead stratified squamous) epithelium cells which are rich in protein, especially keratin. Strong nails and glossy hair are considered great signs of health and vitality. From a naturopathic point of view, brittle nails and dry, lifeless hair can be a good indicator that some of the key vitamins and minerals are deficient.
The best vitamins for skin, hair and nails and their mechanisms discussed below:
Vitamin C and Vitamin E may be useful in supporting the integumentary system. There is growing evidence to suggest that oxidative stress is a pivotal mechanism behind hair graying and hair loss (10) thus ensuring these nutrients are adequate should be part of your intervention.
Biotin is one of the B vitamins and has many vital roles relating to the health of skin, hair and nails (11). It helps to protect your skin from water loss and regulates fatty acid metabolism and it has been shown to promote hair growth, particularly in people who are deficient (12). Brittle nails, scaly scalp, hair loss and dandruff can be signs of biotin deficiency.
Vitamin B12 and iron are essential for the production of red blood cells and haemoglobin and deficiency of these nutrients have been implicated in hair loss (13).
Nutrients that are essential in providing the building blocks for hair and nail growth: zinc, iron, copper, selenium, silicon, calcium and magnesium, silica. Proteins are also crucial for the health and vitality of our skin, hair and nails, especially the amino acids methionine, lysine, cysteine, glycine and proline.
What vitamins are good for skin elasticity?
Skin elasticity is the skin’s ability to return to its original shape after stretching. Your skin gets its stretchiness and resilience from two important proteins, collagen and elastin. The loss of elasticity, called elastosis, is a natural part of the ageing process which starts to appear in our 30s or in your 40s - if you’re one of the lucky ones (14). This ageing process is a result of both intrinsic (as with all internal organs) and extrinsic factors (sun exposure, stress, poor nutrition, high alcohol intake, smoking and air pollution) (15). Hormonal changes are also key factors, particularly the natural decline in oestrogen (16) and testosterone (17) production.
Here are the best vitamins essential for skin elasticity:
Vitamin A (retinol) is converted to retinoic acid in the skin and it has been shown to modulate gene expression and influence cellular processes in both the epidermis and dermis, thereby exerting potent anti-ageing effects on our skin. Vitamin A has a key role in the prevention and treatment of UV-induced skin damage (18), making it the most important vitamin in the prevention of wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
Vitamin C is vital for the formation of collagen and elastin. This great but humble vitamin is also a powerful antioxidant, which means that it can trap free radicals that contribute to many processes of ageing, including loss of elasticity of the skin.
Vitamin E is another skin-friendly antioxidant and has been extensively investigated for its role in UV damage protection (19). Vitamin E appears to improve skin elasticity and vitality.
B vitamins – contribute to the production of collagen in the human body. Studies have shown that deficiency of Vitamin B2 & B6 is directly correlated with low collagen content of the skin so including a good B complex may be beneficial.
Get in touch and find out more about our Skin and beauty IV therapy, available here at our clinic in London.
What vitamins are good for skin with eczema?
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition, characterised by red, dry and itchy patches. It’s commonly found on the skin of our neck, hands, feet, elbows and the back of the legs. Atopic eczema (atopic means ‘with a genetic predisposition’) is the most common form affecting 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults in the UK (20).
Usually, healthy skin cells are tightly packed together creating a good natural barrier for immune defence. When you have eczema this barrier function is impaired and the skin’s delicate balance of beneficial bacteria is disrupted. This disruption allows toxins and pathogens to enter the skin (a process similar to leaky gut), which leads to an immune response and ultimately to an inflamed, irritated skin.
The best vitamins and nutrients for the management of eczema:
Vitamin D has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of eczema through its immune-regulatory, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities in the skin. Vitamin D deficiency is very common in eczema (21) and supplementation of at least 1000IU daily has been shown to reduce symptoms. Your practitioner will be able to assess your vitamin D levels through a simple finger prick test.
Vitamin A - the great ‘skin-vitamin’ - strengthens the skin’s protective layer and supports healing (22) and has been implicated in the treatment of eczema.
Vitamin E accumulates in the mitochondria within skin cells and promotes collagen and fibroblast synthesis. In a recent study, 400iu of vitamin E significantly improved the severity of eczema symptoms, including itching (23).
Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties, it’s a natural antihistamine and due to its effect on collagen production it’s a really useful vitamin for the treatment of eczema. Vitamin C might also help alleviate redness, itchiness and long-term damage to the skin.
Eczema is a multifactorial condition and its development often starts as early as birth so it’s important to approach it with a holistic, in-depth and comprehensive support. Read more about our expert practitioners who can offer more personalised support and advice.
Which is the best vitamin for skin complexion and makes your skin glow?
I’m sure we’ve all met someone who has a beautiful, blemish-free skin with an inner glow and luminance to it. Great skin is a true reflection of our inner wellbeing and you can achieve it by having good nutrition and looking after your physical and mental health.
The best vitamins for a healthy glow and great complexion:
Vitamin C, as mentioned above, is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen production (24) making it your number one ticket to a luminescent skin. When applied topically Vitamin C has been shown to brighten the skin by reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin A again. Vitamin A has the ability to even skin tone and to give your skin a beautiful, healthy glow.
Biotin, helps to protect your skin from water loss and regulates fatty acid metabolism, giving your skin a healthy complexion.
Vitamin B3 is known to increase keratin, a protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy.
IV- nutrient therapy with glutathione can give your skin a natural ‘refreshed’ glow and may even reduce pigmentation and redness of the skin.
Do Multivitamins help skin?
A well-balanced multivitamin that contains the key nutrients discussed above can be a great tool to support your skin health and your overall wellbeing. Choose a carefully formulated complex that is effective, pure, ethical and contains therapeutic doses of vitamins and minerals in their most bioavailable and easily absorbed from. Look for Vitamin D3 vs D2, methylfolate vs folic acid, iron citrate vs iron sulphate and so on. For the best skin support, choose a good multi that contains the most important nutrients: vitamins A, C, D, E, B complex, zinc, iron, selenium and chromium. Any plant derived antioxidants like green tea, rosehip, blueberry, turmeric is a bonus!
Have you tried IV nutrient therapy before? Here, at the London Clinic of Nutrition, we offer a range of conventional and bespoke infusions to revitalise our clients’ health and help them reverse chronic disease. Find out more here.
Dietary and lifestyle considerations for a healthy and glowing skin
- If your skin complaints continue to persist, consider eliminating allergens such as wheat, dairy and eggs.
- Include probiotic rich foods such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented tofu and kefir to support the skin’s (and gut) microbiome.
- Take a good quality and pure omega 3 supplement to support skin hydration and regulate inflammatory response of the skin (26).
- Consider supplementing with marine collagen, a natural source of type 1 collagen that is easily absorbed.
- Support methylation and detoxification with vitamins and minerals like methylfolate, methylcobalamine, vitamin B6, zinc and copper.
- Consume organic produce wherever possible.
- Although sun exposure is vital for vitamin D production and our circadian rhythm, a sensible approach is recommended to avoid sun damage.
- Protect your skin from damage with antioxidants. Eat plenty of vegetables and (some) fruits of rainbow of colours. Particularly green and orange ones for their carotenoid and polyphenol content.
- Include protein rich foods - protein supports the growth and maintenance of collagen and elastin fibres. Amino acids proline and lysine work together with vitamin C to enhance the formation of collagen.
- Choose more natural household products to minimise exposure to environmental toxins.
- Manage stress through mindfulness, meditation and yoga. Improve sleep hygiene by reducing blue light in the evenings.
Consult one of our expert team members to discuss functional tests to assess gut issues, liver function, hormonal irregularities and genetic predisposition for vitamin inefficiencies (for example MTHFR and VDR).
Call us today on 020 3332 0030 and a member of the team will be available to answer any queries you have.
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