Diet for Managing Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a
skin disease that causes deformed nails and horrible itchy
plaques, primarily on the elbows, knees and scalp.
According to studies reported -Diet
may be important in the management of psoriasis. Researchers have recommended
omega-3 fatty acids, and
zinc as nutritional factors that may play a role in the prevention and
management of psoriasis. In addition, since
copper metabolism may be influenced by zinc intake, it is important to also
consume foods rich in copper. Fortunately, zinc food sources also provide
copper. There is some evidence that a diet rich in fresh
vegetables and low in
be helpful. Bitter gourd, curd, boiled vegetables pumpkin these are good for
and intolerance are best treated by avoidance of the offending food for a
prescribed period of time, followed by a “rotation” diet, in which problem
foods are only eaten every three to four days, instead of daily.
fish such as
salmon, sardines, and mackerel all contain the omega-3
fatty acid known as eicosapentanoic acid (EPA). Studies have found that people
with chronic psoriasis who consumed 150g of oily fish a day were able to reduce
the use of steroidal creams without experiencing a decline in their condition.
This effect seems to be due to the conversion of EPA in the body into
anti-inflammatory substances including leucotrienes 3 and 5, which dampen down
the factors that can trigger off this disease. Leading Food Sources of omega-3
fatty acids: Salmon, Trout, Tuna Carrots, apricots, mangoes, and green leafy
vegetables are high in beta
carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, essential for
skin. Research has revealed that people who eat large amounts
of these foods have less risk of psoriasis than those who have low intakes.
This could be due to the
vitamin C, beta carotene, and other antioxidants present, which improve the
strength of the
seeds are a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids and they may have a
similar effect to oily fish. Sunflower and sesame seeds also supply these fatty
acids. A selection of seeds can be ground together, stored in an airtight
container in the refrigerator, and sprinkled over breakfast cereals, yogurt, or
other foods. Besides, The red, itchy patches of psoriasis often respond to the
essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil, which have anti-inflammatory actions and
overall skin-soothing properties.
nuts are a rich source of
selenium, needed for the production of the enzyme
glutathione peroxidase. This enzyme stops the formation of
certain leucotrienes, which may worsen psoriasis.
cereals, breads, and yeast extracts that are fortified with
may help to correct a deficiency of this vitamin, which has been observed in
some people with psoriasis. As Sixteen percent of psoriatic have a positive
antigliadin antibody test that shows that they may be sensitive to glutin in
wheat, rye and barley, ask your doctor to draw blood for antigliadin and
antiendomysial antibodies. If either is positive, you may benefit from avoiding
all foods made from wheat, rye and barley.
cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and other green leafy vegetables supply folate,
the natural form of the vitamin folic acid.
and wholegrain foods are rich in zinc, which is lost through the skin. Zinc
loss is thought to be high in those with psoriasis.
Dietary fibre- Since a low
fiber diet and
psoriasis have been associated
with toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, a
fiber-rich diet is recommended. Dietary fiber is essential in maintaining a
healthy colon; fiber helps bind bowel
toxins and eliminate them in the feces. Soluble fiber, such as psyllium,
pectin, and guar gum, is especially useful in binding toxins.
meats and dairy products should be eaten in moderation, since they contain
arachadonic acid, a natural inflammatory substance that is believed to make
psoriasis psoriasis stores red and swollen. Avoid, prepared meats, sausages,
pre-spiced meats, most cold cuts and pates. spice cakes, pickles, pickled spices
and peppers, nut-based pastries, chocolate-based products.
animal fats, eggs, processed canned foods are not to be taken as they can
irritate the intestinal tract and perpetuate psoriasis outbreaks.
may be trigger factor in psoriasis. In tests,
consumption in people who developed psoriasis was twice that
of control groups without the disease. All red and white wines, sparkling wines,
champagnes, brandy, cognac, sherry, cinzano, vermouth, pork, samos, all egg and
nut based liqueurs, grand marnier, Cointreau need to be avoided.
and condiments: Pepper, cloves, cumin, anise, cinnamon, paprika, mustard,
pimento, nutmeg, commercial mayonnaise, ketchup, tabasco sauce, bouillon cubes
and gravies, wine, vinegar, herb vinegar, candied orange, lemon peel, curry,
commercial condiments, pastry aromas.
Citrus Fruits: Fruit peels, orange marmalade,
prepared juices, grapefruit, limes, lemon, lemonade, bitter lemons
Psoriasis linked to smoking
New research from Italy reveals that smoking cigarettes is linked to
the development of psoriasis in adults.
The report found that the risk of developing psoriasis was higher in
smokers than in those people who have never smoked, and this association
was found to be particularly significant for women. Smoking
more than 15 cigarettes a day was found to be linked with the development
of pustular psoriatic lesions.
In the study, outpatients from ten general hospitals and ten teaching
hospitals throughout Italy were assessed. All of the patients had a first
confirmed diagnosis of psoriasis and had not suffered with symptoms for
more than two years.