How to treat psoriasis? Best anti-inflammatory foods from fruit to seafood

Psoriasis is an immune condition that can develop across any area of the body, including the scalp, hands, feet, and genitals.

The skin condition, which typically surfaces in early adulthood and then later in life from around the age of 50, is caused by a sped-up skin replacement process.

While normal human skin cells are usually replaced within 21 to 28 days, the skin cells for those with psoriasis is replaced within a few days, causing the skin to develop raised “plaques” that can be flaky, scaly and itchy. These patches of skin can be red or dark in colour depending on skin tone.

There is no cure for psoriasis, however, the symptoms can be managed in a number of ways, including diet.

What anti-inflammatory diet helps with psoriasis?

Foods that are rich in antioxidants such as fruits, vegetables and herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe psoriasis, according to nutritionist Rebekah Lamb.

Other anti-inflammatory foods recommended for people suffering from psoriasis includes nuts, seeds and salmon, as these foods contain healthy fats that can help reduce inflammation in our bodies and skin.

Lamb also suggested trying fish oil supplements if you’re not a fan of seafood like salmon.

New research has also suggested that a gluten-free diet could be help people with with psoriasis

Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye, so it’s best to avoid foods like bread, pasta, cereals, biscuits, pies, gravies and pastries.

The Psoriasis Association recommends keeping a food diary in order to keep track of any foods that might trigger a flare-up in symptoms.

Can an anti-inflammatory diet cure psoriasis?

While dietary changes and an anti-inflammatory diet can help manage psoriasis, the Psoriasis Association has said that a “definite link” hasn’t been found between diet and the skin condition.

The charity stated: “There has been some research in other inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, that suggests that eating foods that reduce inflammation in the body may be helpful. There is no definite evidence to say that this works in psoriasis but, again, it may be an approach that some people find helps.”