Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has psoriasis and has not been able to tolerate the medications that were prescribed to him. I’ve been trying to look into natural options to help. ” – Tanya K., Brandon, FL
A. Dear Tanya, I think diet can make a huge impact on our overall health, including skin health. I believe it’s important to restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. Some additional diet resources include: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. He 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 clinically studied curcumin to their daily routine. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, has been shown in numerous studies to be helpful for chronic inflammatory skin conditions, like psoriasis. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. Psoriasis can also have joint involvement, called psoriatic arthritis, and curcumin is a safe and effective option for many types of arthritic conditions as well. I would take 750 mg of curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil, twice per day.
For additional support, he may want to consider a clinically studied and standardized boswellia extract. I would take 500 mg of boswellia with at least 10% AKBA and virtually free of beta-boswellic acids, twice daily.
And finally, he could also consider taking sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. Sea buckthorn oil has been shown in clinical research to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin and mucous membranes, alleviate dryness and facilitate skin healing. I prefer a sea buckthorn that features both the seed oil and pulp. I would take 500 mg of sea buckthorn that provides 150 mg of omega-7, twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally
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