Make the Most of Vitamin D for Psoriasis

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Vitamin D has been in the headlines lately because of its health benefits—everything from bone strength (it helps your body use the calcium you need for strong bones) to heart health. Vitamin D ointment has been used to treat psoriasis for many years.

So you might wonder whether adding vitamin D to your diet, through foods or vitamin supplements, might also help manage your psoriasis. Here’s what you need to know before you load up on vitamin D.

Get Vitamin D Naturally

Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D isn’t found in a wide variety of foods. Sources of vitamin D include oily fish, such as salmon and mackerel, and foods with added vitamin D. The most common vitamin D fortified foods include milk, orange juice, and some breakfast cereals.

There are many treatment options for psoriasis, and they all come with risks and benefits. Ultimately, whether you treat with topical creams, light therapy, or medications, you and your doctor will decide the best treatment path together.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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