Diet and supplements

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Will good dietary nutrition help my condition?

A healthy diet is important for well being and can reduce your risk of many long term illnesses, including coronary heart disease, inflammatory conditions and even cancer. However there is no clear link between what you eat and the severity of psoriatic symptoms.

  • The British Nutrition Foundation suggests eating at least 300g oily fish per week for general health (such as mackerel, herring, salmon, trout, sardines, pilchards). Fish oil (salmon) has been shown to benefit psoriasis.
  • Aim to eat more green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and wholegrain cereals which also contain important essential fatty acids.
  • Cut back on saturated fats and vegetable oils and use more olive oil and rapeseed oil products.
  • Eat fresh home made foods rather than pre-packaged, convenience foods.
  • Certain foods may worsen your symptoms for example celery has been known to be an irritant. If you experience any adverse effects from foods it may be worth making a note of these to discuss with your doctor and generally for your own avoidance when preparing and eating food.

Will dietary supplements help?

There are a lot of dietary supplements available over the counter and available on line. Please remember that some of these products may not be of a high quality or reputable standard. Please always consult your doctor or healthcare professional before embarking on any supplementation to avoid overdosing in vitamin nutrients as these may cause undesired side effects.

What about herbal remedies?

Again there are numerous products on the market and these should be used with caution and under strict supervision of your doctor or healthcare professional as these too, taken in combination with any other medications may have adverse side effects causing unnecessary discomfort. One in particular is St Johns Wort which can in some cases cause increased sensitivity to light which can or may cause problems for some people undergoing phototherapy light treatments for their psoriasis. Always advise your doctor or healthcare professional on any herbal or dietary supplements that you are or may wish to take as this may be a factor in future prescribing for your condition.

What about Vitamins?

There is a huge variety of vitamin supplementation available for purchase again as with herbal and dietary supplements expert advice before embarking on such supplementation should be discussed with your doctor or healthcare professional. If you have adequate vitamin nutrition in your diet taking supplementary vitamins or indeed taking larger doses of them may cause more harm than good. In some cases toxicity can occur.

Are there any other alternative approaches?

There are a variety of alternative approaches that can be undertaken alone or in combination with conventional therapies. It is essential if you are considering any alternative approaches please discuss this with your doctor or healthcare professional as they may be detrimental to your health.

Such alternative approaches could entail:

  • Chinese Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Magnatherapy
  • Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Aromatherapy
  • Homoeopathic Medicine
  • Yoga
  • Spa Treatments
  • Shiatsu
  • Nautropath.

It is always advisable to fully research and find a reputable qualified practioner that follows correct protocols for their clients. There are orgnaisations that may be useful to contact for further details and advice. With this information you and your doctor or healthcare professional will be better placed to discuss what is best for you.