Psoriasis And Supplements
By Freedom 360
Medically reviewed by Freedom 360 Panel of Doctors
Managing your psoriasis is often a frustrating business. Some treatments may work for a while before you need to try something different. And a treatment approach that works for a friend may not provide any benefit to you.
Many people with psoriasis take a keen interest in their health and educate themselves on the medical treatments available as well as how lifestyle choices can affect their condition. And sooner, rather than later they will start to ask questions about vitamin and herb supplements.
So what is a supplement? There is no one easy answer, but as a general rule a health supplement can be sold over the counter in pharmacies and even supermarkets as it is not considered to be a medicine that needs to be prescribed by a doctor.
There are three types of supplements. The first contains vitamin or a minerals, such as a vitamin C tablet or the popular multi-vitamin tablets. Vitamin D is a common supplement used by patients with psoriasisi . This is because of Vitamin D’s role in regulating the immune system. And as psoriasis is linked to the immune system, many people believe boosting Vitamin D will help them. For people with a Vitamin D deficiency, taking supplements will have a benefit.
The second are derived from herb and plant sources, often containing concentrated amounts of a particular organic substance. For example, many people have heard that ginseng provides health benefits. Common claims for ginseng include that it can slow the aging process, relieve stress, help erectile dysfunction, control your blood sugar, increase alertness and reduce menstrual pain. And it is claimed that it will even help you lose weightii . The problem is that people selling the product claim it can do so many things that you are likely to become incredulous. As the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
A third type of supplement includes products derived from natural sources. A common example of this is Omega-3 capsules which usually contain oils derived from oily fish, though it can also be found in animal sources. Fish oils have long been associated with improved health, back to the days when mothers used to pour a spoonful of cod-liver oil down the throat of sick children. Unlike many other supplements Omega-3 has been subjected to extensive scientific testing. It is now generally accepted that Omega-3 has several health benefits, particularly in relation to heart disease and blood pressure. The evidence that Omeg-3 can help psoriasis is not as conclusive.
For psoriasis patients, finding out about natural supplements and incorporating them into your diet and daily routine can have benefits. But there is a right and a wrong way to go about it.
First, you need to discuss the use of any supplement with your doctor. Some supplements may interfere with the medical treatment you are receiving, which can have serious consequences for your health and your skin.
Second, you need to understand dosing. Even if your doctor says it is OK to take a supplement, you need to make sure you understand how much you should take and how often. As supplements are not sold on prescription, doctors have no way of regulating the amount a patient can buy, and therefore consume. The right amount can help, while the wrong amount can be harmful. So discuss the amount you should take with your doctor and follow his or her advice.
And third, keep a supplements diary. Supplements, like some medical treatments work differently on different people. It is your responsibility to keep a record of what you are taking, how much you are taking and any benefits you can see over time. Through this process of observation and documentation you will be able to gain an understanding of what supplements work best for you.