Can an adequate diet be helpful in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris?

Journal Title: Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu - Year 2012, Vol 18, Issue 4


Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic, remittent, inflammatory skin disease with unknown etiology. The disease affects 2-3% of the population worldwide. It is characterized by an excessive proliferation of epidermal cells and state of inflammation in the dermis. The factors instigating the eruption of the disease are: genetic, immunological, infections, stress, injuries and stimulants. Diet is an environmental factor that may essentially affect the course of the disease. It has been ascertained that diets with low energy supply activate natural anti–inflammatory mechanisms. Overweight patients with psoriasis are recommended to reduce body weight. The elimination or limitation of the consumption of animal products (vegetarian diet) results in the reduction in the supply of saturated fatty acids. A diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids omega – 3, i.e. an increase in the consumption of sea fish (sardine, salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna) alleviates the symptoms of psoriasis. Patients are recommended to consume large quantities of fresh vegetables and fruits. It seems essential for psoriasis patients to have an appropriate serum concentration of vitamin D[sub]3[/sub]. It has been observed that in patients with confirmed gluten intolerance the application of a gluten–free diet can considerably inhibit the activity of psoriasis. The elimination of the use of stimulants (tobacco, alcohol) is also recommended.Key words: diet, psoriasis vulgaris, fatty acids

Authors and Affiliations

Diana Wasiluk, Lucyna Ostrowska, Ewa Stefańska


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Diana Wasiluk, Lucyna Ostrowska, Ewa Stefańska (2012). Can an adequate diet be helpful in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris?. Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu, 18(4), 405-408.