Psoriasis and Diet – Best and Worst Foods

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Psoriasis and Diet – Best and Worst Foods

Eating well is one of the best ways to stay healthy and fit. Yet, is eating just sufficient to treat the auto-immune skin disorder, Psoriasis? Let’s examine!

Apparently, there is no proven evidence that Psoriasis can be treated completely by following a specific diet. Yet, following a set of rules in choosing your diet can significantly improve the symptoms. Here, the common rule of eating healthy is applicable! Besides, it also eases managing the condition.

Let’s get the worst parts first!

Red Meat:

Yes, red meat is so something unhealthy for everyone not just for psoriasis patients. It has the polyunsaturated fat, which can add-up more fats and calories, worsening the condition. Ignore processed meats.

Dairy Products:

Dairy products are high in arachidonic acid, which can lead to inflammation. Avoid intake of dairy foods in your diet, including milk and cheese. Go for almond milk.

Citrus fruits:

Citrus fruits are closely linked with abundance of vitamin C as well as allergens. Citrus fruits are culprits for those who skin allergies. Psoriasis, an auto-immune condition is not an exception. Citrus fruits increase the itchiness and flakiness of skin. Eliminating citrus fruits from diet can improve your condition well.


Glutens are directly connected with triggering the psoriasis. Yet, those with celiac disease, a condition caused due to gluten intolerance are exposed with risk of developing psoriasis.


Who doesn’t love the delicious condiments and toppings! If you have psoriasis, you shouldn’t! Spices and condiments are best buddies of psoriasis. Cinnamon, vinegar, curry, paprika, sauces, mayonnaise, etc increases the inflammation of the skin.  Remember, no sauces, ketchups, condiments and spices!

A few worst foods for psoriasis:

•    Refined sugar

•    Processed foods / carbs

•    Carbonated beverages

•    Alcoholic beverages

Best Foods for Psoriasis

Foods that contain more nutrition with anti-inflammatory properties are good for psoriasis. Needless to say, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (natural) is good for psoriasis. List of recommended foods:

•    Carrots

•    Squash

•    Dark green vegetables and leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli)

•    Nuts and seeds, especially walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc (rich in omega 3 fatty acids)

•    Cold fish (not all sea foods. Sea foods cause skin allergies in many people. If you find something different, avoid it)

•    Garlic and turmeric (good old kitchen ingredients)

•    Sweet potatoes

•    All water based fruits and vegetables except citrus fruits (melons, cucumber,)

One should everyone should about managing psoriasis is watching the weight! Every chronic condition can be improved to some extent by losing the weight. Example, diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, etc. Psoriasis also gets controlled when you shed those extra pounds.

Remember diet isn’t the only way that can cure psoriasis. Yet, make sure to add more subtle foods and avoid the triggering foods that could worsen the condition. Diet is just a part of the psoriasis treatment regimen! In addition, following a prescribed diet also reduces the risk of developing other diseases that psoriasis may lead to.

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    Dr. Devasahayam

    Dr. S. Devasahayam MA., PIM., ESMP comes from a traditional Siddha practicing family who kept the light of nature cure for more than 100years. He combined the proven secret recipes of herbal medicines based on clinical applications which brought an outstanding success in curing many chronic health problems even they are handled by most of the modern medicines. His experience in the field of siddha brought prevention and cure for many diseases and the alleviation of common more

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