Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition. For some people who have psoriasis it can be managed by eating more inflammation-fighting foods.
As we are now officially in spring let’s see some of spring season foods which can have a positive effect on psoriasis:
Available in both spring and fall, artichokes are rich in folic acid, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and many minerals. These nutrients help lower cholesterol, ensure healthy pregnancies in women, reduce free radicals, and ensure optimal metabolic cell function.
Rich in vitamins like A, K, and folate, plus chlorophyll, fiber and even water, these leafy greens will help reduce inflammation while also hydrating and detoxifying your body.
Even more abundant in vitamin K (which you need for blood clotting, heart and bone health, cancer prevention, and many other functions), as well as copper, selenium, B vitamins and many other important nutrients. Asparagus can improve your overall health.
They can lower blood pressure, boost your stamina, and support detoxification all due to being a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains.
Rich in vitamin A and other antioxidants, they’re great for maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails, and are therefore considered an “anti-aging” food, plus they’re a powerful cancer-fighter.
Sometimes an allergic reaction can cause psoriasis to flare. Citrus fruits, such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes, are a common allergen. If you notice that citrus fruits seem to trigger your symptoms, see if eliminating them from your diet improves your skin. This goes for their derivatives as well, such as lemonade and grapefruit juice.
They contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins C and K, and several B vitamins, plus manganese, phosphorus, and protein. This makes them an excellent anti-inflammatory food.
Strawberries are a healthy indulgence because it is among the top five sources of antioxidant-rich fruit. Despite being a fruit and containing fructose, strawberries can actually help balance blood sugar, and the polyphenols they contain will support immunity, healthy cell renewal, and many other functions.
Onions contain a high amount of polyphenols, and especially flavonoids, which are compounds that play a major role in disease prevention and reducing the oxidative stress that wears our bodies down when we don’t take good care of ourselves. They are also natural antihistamines and have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
A great detoxifier, radishes are great at removing waste and toxins from both the stomach and liver. They are also a natural diuretic and help treat urinary and kidney conditions, not to mention fight cancer, hydrate your skin, reduce fevers, and even treat insect bites.
Tomatoes are a food that you need to be careful with. They are healthy for general population, as they contain antioxidants and vitamin C, which may help strengthen your immune system. They are also a source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B, magnesium.
But keep in mind they are nightshades and nightshades are in general bad for psoriasis. These vegetables contain solanine, a chemical compound that has been shown to trigger pain in some people.
If you consume tomatoes and realise your skin is worsening immediately remove tomatoes from your diet.
Looking for psoriasis recipes during spring time?