Can You Eat to Beat Psoriasis?


Linda Wasmer Andrews

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A balanced diet is crucial for overall health. But do certain foods also have specific benefits for managing psoriasis? Many people with the disease believe so. However, research has yielded mixed results. Here’s what’s known about diet and psoriasis—and what’s not.

Catch the Benefits of Fish

Fatty types of fish—such as salmon, albacore tuna, herring, lake trout, and sardines—are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats help fight inflammation. And that might mean they’re helpful for psoriasis, which is an inflammatory skin condition. Numerous studies have tested this theory. Unfortunately, the results didn’t always show that omega-3s led to a clear-cut improvement in psoriasis.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 18, 2017

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