Fish Oil and Psoriasis?
Last updated: November 2020
I have been taking fish oil pills for over 20 years. I started taking it because I had high cholesterol, borderline diabetes, and high blood pressure. Ten years ago I was told to take it to help with my psoriasis. Who knew?
Psoriasis and fish oil
My doctor told me that it’s not the fish oil that helps but the high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids found in the oil. These fatty acids are great in treating a multitude of symptoms associated with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and can help reduce the number of scaly flare-ups. These fatty acids are also good for me because it would help with my overall health.
Fish oil can prevent heart disease
We didn’t realize until the last few years some of the dangers associated with psoriasis. One that is top priority for me is the high risk of heart disease. Chronic inflammation has long been associated with increased risk of stroke or heart attacks.
Inflammation is damaging to the arteries and this can lead to a clogged artery or blockage, preventing adequate blood flow to the heart. Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent or slow down the development of heart disease. Combine that with their ability to reduce inflammation and this is an important supplement to someone with psoriasis.
My doctor told me that if I could eat three servings of fish each week that I wouldn’t have to take the fish oil pills. I tried to do it, but found it hard to work fish into my meal plans each week. Fish oil is used to reduce inflammation, improve high blood pressure and make your heart healthy. It can balance mood swings and decrease depression along with giving you healthy hair and nails.
How fish oil can improve psoriasis
It’s supposed to improve joint health and reduce stiffness. Fish oil will help give you a youthful glow. I’m going to agree with this statement; I was just told I don’t look a day over 40. In a few months, I will be 60.
Often when you look up the recommended diet for someone with psoriasis you will see it calls for foods like fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. This is because those foods are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
There are several articles that talk about foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and all the benefits derived from adding them to your lifestyle. You may not consume enough fatty acids through your regular diet, therefore the supplement is beneficial. You can take capsules or liquid form.
Talk to your doctor about fish oil
Do your research if you are thinking about taking fish oil pills. As with any products you have the good and the bad. One cause for concern when dealing with fish oil is contamination. Buy a trusted brand.
If you have psoriasis and are not currently getting enough omega-3 or omega-6 into your body, you definitely want to consult your physician and speak to him about how the benefits can improve your daily life.
As for me, I will continue to stay on my regimen of fish oil pills. I’m not sure if it’s helping, but I know it’s not hurting. I still have plenty of joint pain from having psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, old age and psoriasis; but one thing for sure; since I started taking better care of myself. I’m down 30 pounds and I looked good!
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