Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes flaky, red patches to develop on the skin. This buildup of skin can result in a scaling effect on the skin’s surface. Millions of people in America suffer from psoriasis, both men and women equally. It typically appears between the ages of 15 and 35, but can occur even earlier.
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People who suffer from psoriasis are sometimes embarrassed of their condition or uncomfortable with it. This is mainly due to obvious inflammation and redness which often appears on visible areas of their body like the outside of the elbows, knees, or their scalp. It can cause itchiness, stinging, or even burning. While this condition isn’t curable, it can be managed with some natural remedies that have been known to provide relief.
As with many other health conditions, the symptoms of psoriasis can be improved with diet. Consuming foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation which is one of the major symptoms of psoriasis. The best way to get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is by doing so naturally, eating foods like flaxseed, olive oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna, or sardines. Another easy, yet effective way to get more omega-3 fatty acids is to consume fish oil supplements. Reader’s Digest suggests taking high doses of between 3 to 10-grams a day, but it’s important to talk to your doctor before doing this, especially if you are taking blood thinners.