Dietary Supplements

"Dietary supplements" is a wide field indeed. From phyto-nutrients, specific enzymes, minerals, amino acids, herbal supplements and now even HGH (human growth hormones)...  the diet supplement market is wide and confusing to the average person first investigating the use of supplements to enhance their health.  Beware of crass commercial and vested interests claiming on the Internet and elsewhere of so called dietary supplements giving almost unbelievable "miracle cures"!  In the vast majority of cases, claims that a particular dietary supplement can improve or cure psoriasis have not been proven in any way shape or form.  There is virtually unlimited anecdotal evidence for just about everything going as far as a "cure" for psoriasis is concerned! 

Clinical studies do exist however, that indicate that fish oil supplements, (omega 3) and evening primrose oil will give very beneficial results for most people.  An increase in these good oils along with a bio-available multi vitamin and mineral and broad spectrum phyto-nutrient supplementation can do no harm and in the huge majority of cases will give positive benefits to psoriasis sufferers.

It is becoming ever more obvious to informed health professionals that an imbalance exists in our diets of far too much vegetable oil (omega 6) and insufficient balanced saturated fats, containing the correct natural ratio of omega 3 found in grass fed and browsing animals and butter from grass fed cows.  More research is being conducted in this field all the time.  Many positive reports are coming to light.

Other supplements used are often specific herbs including: burdock, milk thistle, yellow dock, red clover, mountain grape and sarsparilla.  Also  aloe vera, ginseng, turmeric, foti, and many others.  If the herb has been properly extracted and is present in the formula at the correct rate or ratio, and it is taken in the recommended and proper amounts, then most of these herbal supplements will do no harm.  In fact properly prepared herbal blends can give very positive results for many people if the anecdotal evidence can be believed.  However because of the vast variability of growing, extracting and processing the herbs it is hard to find a manufacturer you can trust to supply a quality product that actually does have the claimed herbs in it at a level which will make the product efficacious .

Most supplements are probably harmless and probably do little or no good anyway as far as psoriasis is concerned for the majority of people.  Consumers are responsible for making their own informed decisions about dietary supplements. Sometimes dietary supplements such as St Johns Wort can interact negatively with prescription medications, so I recommend everyone consult with a Health Professional before starting any course of dietary supplements so they can approach the treatment of their condition holistically.

Due to the fact that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, it is only by utilising a holistic approach that you will find a way of ridding your body permanently of this unsightly condition. 

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