Gluten free diet may help relieve psoriasis symptoms
For anyone suffering with psoriasis anything that will lessen the symptoms, without taking masses of medication, is a welcome relief. Psoriasis is what is known as an autoimmune disease, which means that it doesn't have a permanent cure, but the symptoms can be reduced using various approaches.
Psoriasis generally appears on most people as red, scaly patches of thicker skin that are usually itchy and can be quite painful. Certain triggers can increase the symptoms of psoriasis, including stress, weather changes, alcohol, some medications and diet.
Whilst psoriasis treatment is very individualised it is certainly a sensible approach to maximise the potential benefits that nutrition has in relieving the symptoms.
A diet that is high in antioxidants (fruits & vegetables), is gluten free (no wheat, barley, rye or oats), contains active cultures (probiotics), omega 3 fatty acids (fish oils, flaxseed oil & nuts) and low saturated fat (reduce meats, cheese etc) has been found to boost the immune system, which has the potential to reduce psoriasis inflammation.
Not all psoriasis sufferers do show improvement from following a gluten free diet, but a study carried out did show improvement in psoriasis symptoms after individuals followed a gluten free diet for three months.
Going gluten free means complete avoidance of all wheat, barley, rye and oats and should only be attempted after discussion with your physician and registered dietician/nutritionist.