Are there any foods that improve psoriasis?


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Adopting a gluten-free diet, losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, and taking Vitamin D and fish oil supplements may be helpful in relieving the inflammation and skin conditions of psoriasis, according to WebMD. While no proof exists for a specific dietary cure, emphasizing produce and minimizing fats and sweets is recommended.

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Studies show that weight loss can be effective in treating psoriasis because fewer fats cells are present to produce a protein, called TNF-alpha, that is known to be a causative, inflammation-producing agent in the condition, explains WebMD. While research does not conclusively prove the efficacy of adopting a gluten-free diet to treat psoriasis, individuals who are sensitive to the gluten found in grains experience a heightened immune response when consuming these foods. Because psoriasis may be the result of an overactive immune system in some individuals, cutting gluten foods from the diet can result in skin improvements.

Alcohol has been shown to predispose individuals to psoriasis, make symptoms worse, and prevent treatments from being as effective as possible, notes WebMD. Insufficient Vitamin D levels are often found in psoriasis sufferers, which can compromise immune system strength. Supplementation with Vitamin D is often helpful, as well as adding anti-inflammatory fish oil, which has been shown to reduce the redness and itching of psoriasis.

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