Claim that You Can Detoxify and Rid Yourself of Psoriasis
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An article that analyzes the role of certain foods as treatment options for psoriasis.
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Due to the fact that psoriasis is an incurable disease, patients are increasingly turning to alternative and complementary medicine to manage their disease, and this leads the research studies to test new strategies aiming to control psoriasis symptoms. For instance, a pilot study in 2011 mainly investigated foods that can act as possible factors of manifestation and/or aggravation of psoriasis, and found that many factors may contribute to worsening psoriasis through a nutritional deficiency or obesity.
According to many claims, there are a number of non-drug tools for reducing psoriasis symptoms. They can be used on their own or in combination with drug therapies, such as detoxification, which basically means cleansing the blood or the body overall. Through this process, impurities are removed from the blood by the liver. Other studies suggested that eating a balanced, low-sugar diet could be an important adjuvant factor in prevention and treatment of some psoriasis cases. Evidence also points out that obese people are more likely to have severe psoriasis than people with an average body mass index (BMI).
Recently, many studies have investigated the roles of various alternative therapies on psoriasis symptoms. However, none of the claimed strategies have definitively been proved effective.
A number of studies suggested that weight loss could be a useful preventative and adjunctive therapy for the treatment of psoriasis. However, there’s little evidence at the moment to support the notion that diet can have a major impact on this disease.
Several larger, prospective clinical studies are needed to further delineate the efficacy of diet and weight loss interventions in psoriasis improvement.
Additionally, there is no published evidence that going on a gluten-free diet can improve psoriasis in people who do not have celiac disease. The limitations of the few existing studies include; lack of randomization, and/or small control group. It's still necessary to carry out controlled studies on a large number of patients for a better evaluation of gluten-free diet benefits on the life of psoriasis patients.
The same applies to supplementation with oily fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, because these fatty acids showed mixed results in the studies conducted on psoriasis patients. While some studies showed a potential positive effect, other studies found no effect at all.
Furthermore, a placebo controlled study showed that there was no effect of daily supplementation of 600 µg selenium-enriched yeast alone, or together with 600 IU of vitamin E on the symptoms of 69 patients with psoriasis.
The efficacy of topical vitamin B12 treatment in psoriasis has been established in one study using a vitamin B12 cream containing avocado oil that was compared with calcipotriol treatment. Although there was a rapid improvement, there was no significant difference between both therapies at 12 weeks of treatment.
Finally, studies have not shown a strong direct link between vitamins and dietary supplements and psoriasis. Yet many people with psoriasis find that including vitamins and supplements in their diet helps clear their skin. Oral vitamin D has also shown some promise, but only in uncontrolled studies. Additional larger clinical studies are indeed required to confirm whether it's beneficial to use vitamin supplementation in psoriasis management.