Anti-Inflammatory Diet for PSORIASIS
It would be great if Dr Greger could post a video or blog summary of the diet-related research surrounding PSORIASIS, particularly as there are lots of personal anecdotes linked to products (and books) for sale.
Currently, the psoriasis topic over at nutritionfacts is somewhat sparse.
It's likely that following a plant-based Anti-Inflammatory Diet will go some way to alleviating symptoms of psoriasis, but what about specific findings for specific foods ?
According to a 2017 survey of people with psoriasis, 86% reported using dietary changes to treat their condition. An anti-inflammatory diet is one that is built on a foundation of nutrient-dense whole-plant foods: vegetables, intact whole grains, nuts, seeds. Results are inconsistent ... some patients do see changes with diet, others do not see much improvement; some patients see dramatic improvement, most changes tend to be modest.
Eat: Tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, Nuts, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
Anti-inflammatory foods are generally healthy, so it shouldn't hurt to give them a try. They include:
> Fruits and veggies, especially berries, cherries, and leafy greens
> Antioxidant-rich herbs and spices like thyme, sage, cumin, and ginger
> Seeds, and nuts
Foods to eliminate: red meat, sausage, bacon, processed meats, eggs and egg dishes, alcohol.
Gluten - Celiac disease is a health condition characterized by an autoimmune response to the protein gluten. People with psoriasis have been found to have increased markersTrusted Source for gluten sensitivity. If you have psoriasis and a gluten sensitivity, it’s important to cut out gluten-containing foods.
Foods to try eliminating: wheat, rye, barley, and malt, pasta, noodles, baked goods, processed foods (especially those high in sugar, salt, and fat), sauces and condiments, beer and malt beverages.
Nightshades - commonly reported trigger - Nightshade plants contain solanine, which has been known to affect digestion and may be a cause of inflammation.
Foods to try eliminating: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, peppers
Approximately 2-3% of people worldwide have psoriasis, that's 125 million people (7.4 million people in the USA alone).
A roundup of the research on PSORIASIS would be interesting and particularly useful, as the web is full of personal anecdotes and miraculous snake oil solutions from people selling the 'cures'.
Obviously, plant-based whole foods can be beneficial to lower systemic inflammation, but are there any specific food-based recommendations to treat PSORIASIS that are backed up (or even hinted at) by the research ?
Psoriasis is a long-lasting, noncontagious autoimmune disease characterized by raised areas of abnormal skin. These areas are red, or purple on some people with darker skin, dry, itchy, and scaly. Psoriasis varies in severity from small, localized patches to complete body coverage.
Psoriasis affects 2–4% of the global population (6 million Americans, $30 billion/year), varying according to age, region, ethnicity, plus environmental and genetic factors. Psoriasis is associated with an increased risk of: arthritis, lymphoma, cardiovascular disease, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, cancer generally, and depression.
Research suggests that polyphenols may have beneficial effects on psoriasis. Uncontrolled studies suggest benefits from: legumes+veg+fruits+whole grains; fish oil/cold water fish/EPA/DHA; calorie restriction; EVOO.