Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition that involves the skin and joints predominantly. Contrary to popular beliefs, it is quite common, affecting 2-3% of general population.
There's no cure for psoriasis yet, but there are many ways to get relief from the symptoms of this troublesome disease. Medications (internal, topical ointments and phototherapy) are prescribed depending on the patient and disease factors that help to combat this ailment.
Regarding diet, some studies do suggest an association between diet and psoriasis flare-ups. However, research has yet to confirm a definitive link between the two.
Fasting periods, vegetarian diets, and diets rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish oils have been associated with improvement in the symptoms of the disease in some studies.
Foods to avoid because they have been shown to cause or increase inflammation are-
â¢ Fatty red meats
â¢ Full fat dairy products
â¢ Processed foods
â¢ Refined sugars
Foods to include in your diet that have been shown to reduce inflammation:
â¢ Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
â¢ Flaxseeds, olive oil, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. These are plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
â¢ Colorful fresh fruits and vegetables like-
â¢ Squash and sweet potatoes
â¢ Eat fish at least twice a week (tuna, mackerel, salmon)
â¢ Choose lean meats and poultry without skin. Prepare them without adding saturated fat or trans fat. Baking and broiling are heart-healthy ways to prepare lean meats and poultry.
Patients with gluten intolerance (Coeliac disease) notice an improvement in their symptoms following gluten free diet.
However, a word of caution. Every patient and his requirements are different. Talk to your dermatologist before making any drastic changes in your dietary habits.
Hope this helps.