What Are The Best Vitamins For Psoriasis
The best vitamins for psoriasis are quite a few that I am going to review here so that you know which are best for you, or someone you know who suffers from this skin condition.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease that has for characteristics chronic systemic inflammation. Organism with psoriasis produces skin cells at a faster rate than usual, causing lesions in the form of red spots with a covering of white-gray scales.
Psoriasis often comes with metabolic disorders such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Conventional medical treatments vs Natural remedies
Conventional medical treatments of psoriasis include the use of drugs for local and oral use. They help relieve inflammation, itching and reduce the excessive production of skin cells.
However, we know that natural remedies also work wonderfully, and that we can find most of the vitamins we need directly from fresh fruits and vegetables. So, why trying to make use of the vitamins we need in the form of tablets, capsules, liquids? Perhaps we find that it is easier, or because we are not too sure which fruits and vegs we should get them from. And also, I guess, because of a lack of know how.
Fruits and Vegetables are full of vitamins
There are a large number of studies that confirm that a diet can influence the course of the disease by causing an outbreak or remission. Today, methods of treating psoriasis with a diet have become quite common, and there is some evidence that a specific diet can work in a beneficial way for psoriasis. .
However, several studies have shown that the inclusion of vitamin therapy in the treatment plan for psoriasis may be useful. The most useful vitamins for psoriasis are vitamin A, D, E and K. They are also necessary for all of us to maintain our health in good condition. In addition, there are other vitamins and nutritional supplements that can help people with psoriasis and improve their condition.
Which are the best vitamins for psoriasis?
The main vitamins necessary for our body include fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as water-soluble vitamins B and C. With the exception of vitamin D, all other vitamins are obtainable only from the foods we consume during meals. Vitamin D is synthesized when we expose our body to ultraviolet radiation.
So, we are going to review in detail each one these vitamins. Where they come from, what they can do to our body, etc.
Vitamin A against psoriasis
Vitamin A is an excellent tool to boost our immune system. This vitamin helps to repair the general condition of the skin, thus reducing the danger of psoriasis. In addition, it reduces inflammation, helps get rid of itching and dry skin. Vitamin A or retinoids are used topically to treat psoriasis by reducing the excessive production of skin cells.
External use of retinoids can cope with skin inflammation in people with plaque psoriasis. We should take notice that topical preparations containing vitamin A have a lower absorption rate than retinoids administered orally. Therefore, the use of creams containing vitamin A causes fewer side effects for patients.
Among the foods, vitamin A, is usually found in yellow and orange vegetables (carrots, pumpkins, peppers, melons, sea buckthorn). It is also found in fish oil, liver (especially beef), caviar and egg yolk. The addition of vitamin A to the psoriasis treatment plan should be used only under the supervision of a physician.
Vitamin D against psoriasis
For a long time, psoriasis has been treated with light therapy using the sun’s rays. The researchers believe that the therapeutic effect of such treatment is due to the ability of ultraviolet radiation to help the body produce vitamin D.
It is a powerful organic substance that plays a vital role in many metabolic processes in the body. We believe that vitamin D can slow the growth of psoriatic skin cells. Recent studies have shown high efficacy in the use of oral and local vitamin D preparations to effectively facilitate and treat the symptoms of psoriasis. In addition, a study has shown that the use of vitamin D in combination with a steroid cream gives more favorable results in comparison with the use of these drugs separately.
We also know that making use of ultra violet lamp that we finds on the market, such as on Amazon, will give great results.
Vitamin C against psoriasis
Antioxidants can be a powerful adjunct to the complex treatment of psoriasis. They are able to prevent skin damage associated with oxidative stress. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which is a good antioxidant, and may also be useful for treating psoriasis. This vitamin helps strengthen the body’s immune system. It shields the body against viruses, infections, toxins, as well as other diseases that cause psoriasis on the body and scalp.
In addition, it helps the production of collagen and helps maintain skin health. Because Vitamin C reinforces the blood capillaries, it helps to speed up the recovery, moisturizes the skin, and also reduces the risk of pain and inflammation of the joints associated with psoriatic arthritis. In addition, vitamin C can relieve itching and bleeding in scalp psoriasis.
This vitamin is obtainable directly from foods, as well as special food additives. Foods rich in vitamin C are citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables and berries.
Vitamin E against psoriasis
Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant that supports our immune system and protects our body against free radicals that can aggravate the symptoms of psoriasis. It can be taken orally or applied topically to the damaged areas. Vitamin E helps strengthen blood vessels, reduces inflammation, improves blood circulation, relieves pain and discomfort of psoriatic lesions. In addition, it promotes the healing of skin damaged by psoriasis.
This vitamin can prevent future outbreaks of psoriasis and reduce the risk of psoriatic arthritis. In a large number of patients with psoriasis the selenium level in the body is reduced, which is a powerful antioxidant. According to a study, the addition of vitamin E to the diet helps to increase the concentration of selenium in people with psoriasis. Since vitamin E and selenium are antioxidants, they also help protect our body from the oxidative stress that usually accompanies psoriasis.
Taking vitamin E in the form of a dietary supplement should be done under the supervision of a physician. Pumpkin seeds and spinach are the most vitamin E-rich foods.
Vitamin K and psoriasis
Vitamin K is a substance necessary for blood clotting. It can also help rejuvenate our skin. Today, dermatologists believe that vitamin K helps the skin to regenerate faster. It promotes the healing process of wounds, and also restores the skin after surgical operations. It can be found in many cosmetic products for the skin. This vitamin helps treat various skin diseases. In particular, it reduces inflammation, which helps to control the symptoms of psoriasis.
You can increase your vitamin K intake by including in your diet more:
✔ green tomatoes
Vitamin B6 against psoriasis
Vitamin B-6 is known to help regulate cell growth and protect your skin from psoriatic damage. This vitamin reduces the risk of psoriasis and prevents excessive accumulation of skin cells. It helps reduce itching and flaking, and also protects the patient against the onset of a disease such as psoriatic arthritis.
Vitamin B12 and psoriasis
We very often use vitamin B12 to treat psoriasis. It participates in many reactions of the synthesis of amino acids, nucleic acids, positively affects the blood cells, normalizes the functioning of the liver and the nervous system.
Vitamin B15 against psoriasis
We often make use of this vitamin to treat psoriasis, especially to relieve inflammation and treat arthropathy. In addition, it helps restore the normal absorption of oxygen through the tissues and helps block certain pathologies of the central nervous system.
Omega-3 fatty acids and psoriasis
It is known that omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for maintaining the proper functioning of our immune system and the normal functioning of the heart. In addition, they help reduce inflammation. Because psoriasis involves inflammatory processes and dysfunctions of the immune system, omega-3s can help fight this disease.
Omega-3s are usually found in oily fish, flaxseeds, mustard oil, chia seeds and spinach.
All the vitamins above, as well as omega-3s can help you better manage the symptoms of psoriasis. The use of vitamins as an additional treatment will minimize the potential side effects of taking systemic medications (prescription drugs). If you are already on a treatment with vitamins, do not stop the basic treatment plan given by your doctor. Choose some of these vitamins and see if your symptoms are changing.
In addition, regardless of the treatment plan for psoriasis, vitamins are a great way to keep your body healthy. Therefore, it will be beneficial to include them in your daily diet and observe how your well-being will improve. Before introducing vitamins into your diet, consult a specialist.
And this ends this review of the best vitamins for psoriasis. I hope that you enjoyed it.
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Hi there John,
Thank you for this magnificent article and site! as a life long sufferer from the age of 12 I have struggled with this condition and refuse to use steroid based creams and ointments as they have a tendency to redden skin. I had no idea about natural solutions and I must investigate those, particularly vitamin D and retinols.
Thanks very much for visiting my website Derek, and for sharing your experience with psoriasis. I hope that you have found what suites you best for your skin condition.
If you have been reading the comments’ section of my articles you will have seen that I very often encourage people who have skin issues to first start to go on a diet and to take regular Dead Sea salt baths, I personally believe that these two will already do a great job, then, if need be, to start investigating other natural treatments.
I wish you the very best of health!
It is so important that we do all that we can to maintain good health. It is just so amazing how our diet affects our body, eating healthy is a must if we are going to stay in tip-top shape. What you are sharing here is really amazing and will really help your readers especially those that face this issue. It so amazes me how healing is in what we eat.
Thanks very much for your comment on “What Are The Best Vitamins For Psoriasis” Norman. Nice seeing you on my website again and thanks for registering for my updates.
You are quite right when saying that “we are what you eat”. One does not have to wait to have some health problems in order to go on a diet.
I like to recommend one of my earlier articles to my readers for which I have received many positive reviews. I thought that you might like to read it too: How To Treat A Psoriasis Naturally. Let me know what you think.
I wish you the very best of health!
This information is very useful to me!
I have struggled with psoriasis since i was 13. I still remember when it started developing in my hands and neck, i tried some special ointments for a while, but the ingredients and side effects of them were worse than i thought, i started getting rashes and my skin isn’t healing properly..i still have a few noticeable scars.
I did notice that whatever i ate had a big impact, but i wasn’t sure what made it get better so i’m very happy to come across your post. I need to focus in increasing my vitamin intake.
BTW, is there any vitamin C supplement you could recommend? Turns out i’m very allergic to citric acid, so sadly i can’t enjoy oranges or any of that fruit family 🙁
Thanks very much for reading my article on “What Are The Best Vitamins For Psoriasis”, and for sharing your personal experience Arlet. I see that with time you have managed to keep your psoriasis under control, as we normally do when we listen to our body. Each one of us have a very different way of reacting to what we eat and drink, so there is not one remedy that fits all, but one thing for sure is that you are what you eat, and that goes for all of us and for every condition. This is why I always recommend to everyone who ask me for a way to get rid of their psoriasis is to start with a proper diet and to apply a specific essential oils mixture. This could be a good alternative if you are allergic to citric acid, although, not only citrus fruits contain vitamin C, example, apples, cabbage, broccoli, melon, asparagus, cauliflower and more fruits and vegs have them too.
I wish you the very best of health.
Great educational post! I do not suffer from psoriasis, but do have severe food allergies. I am a huge believer in a holistic approach to life. Years ago I was introduced to the Weston A. Price Foundation who identified that deficiencies in vitamin A, D and K are responsible not only for psoriasis conditions, but also autoimmune issues. The idea that we can heal ourselves with food is becoming more prevalent orthodoxy.
Thanks for being an avid reader of my blog Stacy. You have been well directed by the Weston A. Price Foundation regarding your food allergies and I hope that your problem has now been solved. Thanks for sharing this as it might be of interest to some of my readers.
I do agree with you when it comes to taking care of our body with what nature has provided us. One article that I have written a while back and which I like to remind my readers about, is “A Skin Disorder Diet“, you might find it useful too.
I wish you the best of health Stacy.