Dietary Supplements

Written by Kimberly Clark
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There is no significant evidence that changes in diet alone will improve the condition of psoriasis. But there are a variety of dietary supplements out there that purport to minimize the affects and to reduce the occurrence of the outbreaks. Most of these are naturally occurring and have few side effects.

Dietary Supplements Containing Fatty Acids

Dietary supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to decrease the amount of inflammation associated with psoriasis outbreaks. Fish oil supplements are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but the nutrients can also be obtained by incorporating the consumption of cold-water fish (i.e., salmon, cod, mackerel, herring, tuna, sardines, shark oil and shark cartilage, etc.) into you diet. Other good sources of omega-3 are flax seed oil, soybeans, and walnuts.

Another category of dietary supplements used to treat psoriasis is omega-6 fatty acids. Sources of omega-6 include safflower oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, hemp oil, sesame oil, corn oil, borage oil, and pumpkin oil.

The following herbal supplements have also been found useful for managing cases of psoriasis: burdock milk thistle, yellow dock, red clover, sarsaparilla, mount grape, masterwort, and black cumin oil. Various herbal detox teas have also been concocted to ward off psoriasis lesions. When buying dietary supplements, it is better to purchase organic substances since things like pesticides and processing can diminish their positive effects.

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