Although you cannot cure psoriasis by following a specific diet, eating certain foods may make living with psoriasis easier. Some foods may help to control inflammation in the body that is caused by this skin condition and therefore, may help to minimize flare ups. In addition, keeping your weight in a healthy range can help to minimize symptoms.
Here is what you should focus on eating:
- Omega-3 rich fish like salmon, trout, tuna, etc.; aim for 2 fish meals a week. Talk to your physician or Registered Dietitian about taking a concentrated omega-3 supplement if your fish intake is limited.
- Vegetarian protein sources like beans, nuts, seeds, and large portions of vegetables, etc. Animal protein sources that are low in saturated fats like skinless chicken or turkey breast, fish, and lean beef can be eaten in small portions.
- Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, whole grain bread, etc. If you suspect that gluten (in wheat products) makes your symptoms worse, talk to your physician or Registered Dietitian about further testing or about trying an elimination diet.
- Antioxidant-rich foods to reduce free radicals and decrease inflammation; choose a variety of different colored fruits, vegetables and other plant foods daily and throughout the week.
- Foods rich in folic acid like leafy green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, asparagus, etc), peas, beans, whole grains, strawberries, etc.
- Probiotic rich foods like kefir, yogurt, kimchi, miso or take probiotic supplements to improve gut function, which is linked to inflammation and immunity.