Psoriasis is a life-long skin condition that needs long term programs of treatment and medication in order to control its flare-ups of signs and symptoms. Conventional use of drugs had been the most favorable type of treatment for this skin condition. However, there are some studies and supporting evidences that show that using supplements for psoriasis may indeed help in the control and management of this auto-immune disease.
Since we’re dealing with a life-long condition, it is reasonable to seek other methods to augment our management of psoriasis. Examples of this is including vitamins and dietary supplements in the management regimen. Vitamins and supplements are considered to be essential in the maintenance of the overall integrity of our body cells and organ systems.
Although there has been no proof that links dietary supplements and vitamins in the process of healing, evidently, growing numbers of people with psoriasis have been satisfied with the overall result.
A research conducted by Jurgen Schauber, MD, of Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich, Germany, found out that vitamin D-based medication increases peptide binding into the DNA known as cathelicidin (antimicrobial). In other words, it restrains the inflammatory response which causes psoriasis.
Aside from vitamin D-based supplement, another combination of supplements vitamin A and B complex helps you get a healthy growth of skin and an antioxidant which is evidently low in psoriasis sufferers.
Here are other supplements that may help you in keeping your body healthy and help keep the flare-ups of signs and symptoms at bay:
Vitamin A. Helps keep your skin healthy. It increases antioxidant levels which is often low in psoriasis sufferers. However, vitamin A should be avoided by pregnant women as it can result birth defects to your unborn child.
Zinc + Copper. Helps promote healing to your irritated skin. If zinc is taken more than a month, it should be incorporated with copper because long term use of zinc constrains absorption of copper which is an essential mineral to your body.
Omega-3 + Omega-6. These essential fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory agents which helps control inflammation that will result to flare-ups.
Grape seed extract + N-acetylcysteine (NAC). These supplements contain powerful antioxidant agents that helps put a stop to further injury to your skin cells.
Although, it is still important to remember that vitamins and dietary supplements have not been regulated in the same levels with manufactured drugs, and such supplements have a certain range of daily dose, it is best to consult your doctor. Discuss with your doctor the possibility of adding dietary supplements to your treatment for proper management and further information.
Psoriasis is a condition that has no cure and consistency to your treatment is your best weapon to achieve that psoriasis-free condition.