Nutritional Advice for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition affecting the skin in which the cells are over produced causing red scaly patches with a sometimes silvery appearance, which can be very itchy and sore.

Beneficial foods

  • Oily fish (anchovies, carp, herring, mackerel, pilchards, salmon, sardines, sprats, trout, tuna (fresh), whitebait and shellfish)
  • Chia, pumpkin, flaxseeds and hemp seeds are good sources of vegetarian essential fatty acids and other essential nutrients
  • Wholegrains such as brown rice, lentils, beans, wheat germ, vegetables, eggs, all good sources of B vitamins
  • Onions and garlic contain Quercetin which has powerful bioflavanoid compounds which are good for inflammatory skin conditions
  • Herbs and spices such as turmeric, red pepper cloves, ginger, cumin, fennel, basil, rosemary and garlic are also beneficial as they can contain anti inflammatory compounds which help reduce inflammation.
  • Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables (especially orange, yellow and red coloured varieties) are necessary as they provide lots of vitamin and minerals and powerful antioxidants.

Common triggers

  • Sugars
  • Arachidonic acid, which is pro-inflammatory found animal fats, saturated and sugars
  • Dairy products
  • Wheat
  • Gluten
  • Allergies / Food intolerance
  • Poor digestion
  • Stress
  • Alcohol