I have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Are there any natural ingredients that can help?” — Colin J., Tampa, FL
A. Dear Colin, I encourage you to discuss any recommendations with your primary healthcare practitioner as they may have additional insight.
Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are thought to be autoimmune conditions, meaning the body attacks its own healthy cells because it thinks they are foreign invaders. Psoriasis causes patches or plaques of scaly and inflamed skin, while psoriatic arthritis causes joint swelling and pain. Both conditions are related, but not everyone who has psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis.
When it comes to psoriasis, I believe diet is an extremely important factor. One of the best recommendations 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. The diet I think is the best for healing consists of animal proteins like beef, chicken, bison, lamb, fish, and non-starchy vegetables and fruits. I also think nuts, seeds, and berries are great additions. For more information, you can review my diet at Terry’s Traditional Diet, or watch my webinar on the importance of Healthy Fats. For additional information, you could also check out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. I would 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, is a compound derived from the spice turmeric, and is a very potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways in the body. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin (because curcumin is hard to absorb) twice per day. Make sure you choose a curcumin with excellent absorption and has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil. 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 very powerful inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme pathway that is hard to address and activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because boswellia helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (from free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a wide variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of boswellia twice daily. It’s important to choose a boswellia that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acids. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You should also look for a boswellia that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.
Lastly, I would suggest adding a Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically studied 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. I would take 500 mg of Sea buckthorn three to four times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally