Can Fish Oil Supplements Reduce Symptoms of Psoriasis

by Garreth Myers


Psoriasis is a skin disorder, where patches of red skin are visible along with silvery scales, usually on a person's elbows, knees, arms, nails, legs, scalp or on the trunk. However, these patches can be found on any part of a person's skin. This is a chronic and common condition that can be either inherited or caused by various factors. If you have psoriasis, the overactive T cells in your body, trigger off immune responses, which leads to an increased production of cells, which includes the healthy skin cells as well as T cells. These cells can not slough off at the required pace, which is why they accumulate on the surface of the skin and create think and scaly patches. Fortunately, psoriasis is not contagious, because it is not an infection. There are several choices of treatments that can be effective. A physician should be consulted, who can recommend the most effective treatment for you, based on the severity of the condition, as well as the body area covered. There are also various home remedies that can be used, to reduce itchiness, the discomfort and the symptoms of Psoriasis.

Studies have indicated that the use of fish oil supplements can help in improving the symptoms and reducing the inflammation caused by psoriasis. Fish oil supplements can alleviate the itchiness and scaling to some extent. Fish oil is a very good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which can be quite effective in reducing inflammation, especially, acids like Docosaexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) in particular. DHA and EPA can also control your body's response to the white blood cells known as T cells or T lymphocytes. If the fish oil supplements are taken as directed, they are generally safe. These supplements could have some mild side effects like nausea, heartburn and a fishy after taste. Caution should be exercised before taking more than 3 grams a day, as it may lead to increased risks of bleeding and reduced blood pressure. This could be a concern if you are on any medications for high blood pressure or thinning the blood.

However, the use of Fish oil supplements may not always be effective in psoriasis treatment. Moreover, like in the case of most supplements, there may be some risks involved, if you use fish oil supplements. Therefore, before you start taking any Fish oil supplements, or any other dietary supplements for psoriasis, it is important to consult a doctor, who can advise you about the feasibility of the supplements, based on your overall health and medical history.


Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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