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Diet for Psoriasis

by Georgia Ede
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The Psoriasis is a chronic disease that manifests in the skin and has no cure , all existing treatments are aimed at minimizing symptoms and even make them disappear temporarily .

So far there is no scientific evidence that diet plays a crucial role in the development of the disease, but there are certain foods that are believed to be harmful and can exacerbate and worsen symptoms, so if we eliminate these foods from Our diet is clear that we are not going to cure our psoriasis but if we can sometimes notice a certain relief or decrease in symptoms , for all this, perhaps, it is worth trying … Let’s go!

In general, it is necessary to consider maintaining an adequate weight, therefore, if there is obesity or overweight, a hypocaloric diet must be carried out to lose weight , diets in which the amount of calories is reduced in obese patients contribute to an improvement in symptoms .

Beware of Arachidonic Acid

A fatty acid called Arachidonic Acid (AA) has been found to have a negative effect on the disease. That is why the replacement of this fatty acid can be beneficial for the development of psoriasis. Arachidonic acid is found more abundantly in foods of animal origin (red meat, pork, eggs, cow’s milk, dairy products, butter, peanuts, etc …). Based on this, vegetarian diets could have beneficial effects in the treatment of psoriasis.

The Fatty Acids Omega-3 , however, are beneficial for such disease as after swallowing competes metabolism with AA (arachidonic acid) and contributes to the reduction of the same.

Omega-3 is a powerful ally for people with inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis as it has an anti-inflammatory effect .

A very important source of Omega-3 acids is blue fish (sardines, anchovies, tuna, herring, mackerel), which is recommended to consume at least 3 times a week.

Antioxidants to fight free radicals

Some substances called free radicals usually cause damage to the tissues of our body and some studies have shown that those suffering from psoriasis have a high amount of these substances and it may be because the antioxidant power of the body is somewhat diminished (mainly due to the lack of some vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, E, C or selenium, magnesium or zinc ), all of them present in foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes or whole grains ).

Vitamin D

The Vitamin D also plays an essential role as it acts on the multiplication capacity of the cells (the precursor is present in the skin and is activated by exposure to sunlight).

Vitamin D acts as an immune system balancer and as an anti-inflammatory . The intake of foods rich in vitamin D (blue fish, sunflower seeds) and adequate sun exposure are recommended.

For all the above, it must be emphasized that psoriasis patients will most likely benefit from a diet that tends to be more vegetable , since vegetables provide us with nutrients that have been shown to have a beneficial effect on the skin and especially on the skin with psoriasis and restricting the intake of meat and animal fats.

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