Do you have any advice for treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis?
Dear Terry, “Do you have any advice for treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis?” — Debra K., Fayetteville, NC
Dear Debra, Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are mainly thought to be autoimmune conditions. Psoriasis causes patches or plaques of scaly and inflamed skin, while psoriatic arthritis causes joint swelling and pain. Though they are often related, not everyone who has psoriasis develops psoriatic arthritis.
I encourage individuals with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis to continue to work with their health care practitioner to determine the best treatment plan. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a practitioner’s care and oversight. That said, I do have some safe and effective nutrients I believe can help.
When it comes to psoriasis, diet is an extremely important factor. So, the best recommendation I can give anyone with psoriasis is to start removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from their diet. Their diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, lamb, poultry, fish, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables. They can also eat nuts, seeds and berries. For more information, review my diet at Terry’s Traditional Diet. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I believe individuals suffering from psoriasis would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to their daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
In addition to the curcumin, I would also recommend adding a clinically studied, standardized boswellia extract. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of boswellia twice daily. It’s also important to find a product that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.
Finally, I would also recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically shown to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin and mucous membranes, helping to alleviate dryness and facilitate skin healing. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.
Please be patient –follow the above suggestions for at least 90 days before judging the results.
Terry . . . Naturally