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Choose an antioxidant-rich & anti-inflammatory diet

Eating food that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties (e.g. salmon) or foods known to have antioxidant effects (e.g.  spinach, carrots, blueberries or walnuts), can help you to reduce flare-ups.

Although there is no evidence to support a specific “psoriasis diet”, people with psoriasis testify to feel better when they avoid foods that have shown to cause or increase inflammation such as processed foods, nightshade vegetables (e.g. eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes), fatty red meats and refined sugar) and instead consume foods that are known to reduce inflammation (e.g. foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, albacore tuna, walnuts, flax, chia and hemp seeds, and fresh colorful fruits and green vegetables, such as spinach, carrots, and blueberries).

Antioxidants have a positive impact on the skin as protectors from oxidative stress caused by free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage healthy cells) which has been linked to skin inflammation in psoriasis. Therefore, antioxidant-rich fruits (e.g., goji berries, blueberries, strawberries, or raisins.) and vegetables (e.g., garlic, onions, broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, and cauliflower) can become handy when suffering from psoriasis as people with psoriasis have been found to have an impaired antioxidant status.

 

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