Psoriasis Diet

Written by Kimberly Clark
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When it comes to the treatment of psoriasis, there is no universally agreed-upon miracle food, at least not in the medical community. The general consensus, though, is to eat a sensible diet, get regular exercise, and maintain an acceptable body weight. It is, however, widely agreed that since psoriasis is a disorder of the immune system, that a psoriasis diet should include what are considered healing foods, especially those believed to fortify the immune system.

Recommended Foods

Foods rich in the essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been shown to strengthen defective immune systems (specifically, those categorized as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids). Omega-3 fatty acids have been clinically proven to reduce inflammation, one of the irritating symptoms of psoriasis. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in flax seed oil, walnuts, soybeans, and oily fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel.

Omega-6 fatty acids also have been clinically proven to reduce inflammation and are found in such things as safflower oil, sunflower oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, and black currant oil. There are also supplements you can purchase (in liquid or pill form) that can supply your body with enough omega-6 to ensure optimum health.

Some people regularly eat foods known to contain derivative psoralen, a substance that makes their skin more sensitive to the sun and thus more likely to heal itself of the affects of psoriasis. A few examples of foods that contains this derivation are celery, carrots, figs, and parsnips. Lastly, studies have shown that alcohol use, particularly in men, can trigger or worsen psoriasis outbreaks and thus should be avoided.

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