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Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, or red patches on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back. Normally, skin cells mature gradually and are shed about every 28 days. In psoriasis, skin cells do not mature but instead move quickly up to the surface of the skin over 3 to 6 days and build up, forming the characteristic red skin rash loosely covered with silvery white scales. Some doctors believe that the immune system is a factor in the development of psoriasis and typically prescribe immune suppressing drugs to treat it. A high level of arachidonic acid within skin cells is another factor contributing to psoriasis. Hence, dietary and supplementation strategies aimed at decreasing arachidonic acid build up in skin cells has demonstrated impressive results in a number of clinical trials with psoriasis patients.
An orega-skin cream should contain active ingredients that kill the bacteria associated with psoriasis on the skin surface.
An oil of oregano supplement should contain active ingredients that kill the bacteria associated with psoriasis from the inside-out.
A high potency multiple vitamin & Mineral should contain nutrients that support the normal development of skin cells.
An essential fatty acid should contain the perfect combination of essential fatty acids to enable the body to synthesize Prostaglandin Series 1 and Series 3, which make the skin cells soft, smooth and moist.
Herbal detoxifiers and immune support should help to suppress immune-inflammatory responses that can contribute to psoriasis severity.
Digestive enzymes and prebiotics should contain a full complement of digestive enzyme as well as prebiotics. The digestive enzymes improve digestion and reduce the complication of leaky gut problems. Many skin inflammatory conditions are aggravated by partially digested food matter entering the circulation and triggering an immune-inflammatory reaction. The prebiotics support the growth of friendly gut bacteria, which have been shown to suppress inflammation in a variety of skin conditions.
Additional Supplement Considerations
Additional Vitamin D
(2000-5000 IU per day) – check with your physician before taking a dose this high
Note that psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder and therefore, diet and supplementation can help in the adjunctive management of this condition, but are usually not curative