Those red, scaly, flaky patches are uncomfortable and embarassing.
But there’s good news. You can take control of your symptoms by feeding your body right. According to medical experts, incorporating these seven foods into your diet can go a long way to keeping your psoriasis under control and free from flare-ups.
Omega-3 fatty acids are great for soothing psoriasis, which are found in fish like salmon and mackerel. If you’re not big into eating fish, try other sources of Omega-3s like flaxseed oil and fish oil supplements.
To get the very most omega-3s per bite, eat fish eggs. Fish eggs like roe of salmon, hake and lumpsucker have more omega-3 fatty acids than even the fattiest fish.
Fresh fruits and veggies
It’s never a bad idea to feed your body fresh fruits and veggies, but if you battle psoriasis, eating raw foods might have added benefits. According to research, high levels of toxins in your body can trigger psoriasis flare-ups. Eating fruits and veggies takes it easy on your liver, and vitamins — like vitamin C — found in raw fruits and vegetables support liver function to rid your body of toxins more quickly and prevent flare-ups. One study, according to Prevention, found simply eating three servings of carrots a week cut the risk of psoriasis by 40 percent.
Studies have found that the ancient spice has real benefits for autoimmune diseases like psoriasis. Besides adding turmeric to your diet, there are topical creams for psoriasis sufferers that use curcumin, which is found in turmeric, that might be beneficial as well.
Psoriasis is often linked to hidden food allergies. Sweet potatoes are among a short list of foods that are the least likely to trigger a food allergy. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with vitamin C and beta-carotene, two important antioxidants that also help fight psoriasis flare-ups.
Food allergies, particularly allergies to gluten, can trigger psoriasis flare-ups. Buckwheat is gluten-free, low in calories and a good substitute for wheat in all sorts of recipes.
Honey is regularly touted for its health and antibiotic effect on skin and has been proven to help fight off psoriasis. A study from the United Arab Emirates found that about 60 percent of sufferers were able to improve their psoriasis with a mixture of olive oil, beeswax and honey applied to the skin.
An animal study from the Medical College of Georgia shows green tea may have the potential to treat all sorts of inflammatory skin conditions, including psoriasis and even dandruff.
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