What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a recurrent skin condition that affects around 2% of the
population in the UK. In simple terms, it is only an acceleration of the
usual replacement processes of the skin. Normally a skin cell matures in 21
to 28 days during its passage to the surface where a constant invisible
shedding of dead cells, as scales, takes place. Psoriatic cells, however,
are believed to turn over in two to three days and in such profusion that
even live cells reach the surface and accumulate with the dead cells in
visible layers. Psoriasis affects both sexes equally. It may appear for the
first time at any age, although it is more likely to appear between the ages
of 11 and 45.
What does it look like?
It appears as raised red patches of skin covered with silvery scales. It
can occur on any part of the body although elbows, knees and the scalp are
usual sites. There is often accompanying irritation. Some parts of the body
do not have this typical scale. These are areas where two skin surfaces come
together as in the natural skin creases and folds e.g. the groin and genital
area and underneath women’s breasts. Psoriasis, in these areas can look
bright red and shiny rather than scaly.
What causes it?
Certain genes have been identified as being linked to psoriasis. It
appears, however, that a genetic tendency needs to be triggered off by such
things as injury, throat infection, certain drugs and physical and emotional
stress. Research is under way into all aspects of the causes of psoriasis.
What treatments are available?
There are a variety of topical treatments available i.e. creams and
ointments that are applied to the skin. When used properly they can be most
effective and have minimal side effects. Whatever treatment you use it is
also vitally important to use a moisturiser to make the skin more
comfortable. Other treatments are available for more serious cases; they
will normally mean a referral to a Dermatologist and involve treatment as an
out-patient or in-patient. Many people, however, lose the condition
naturally for long periods at a time or even entirely. It is important that
you, as a patient should feel in control of your treatment regime and it is
helpful therefore to talk it over properly with your GP, Consultant or
Dietary supplements for treating psoriasis
Shark Liver Oil: is a natural
product that has great success with arthritis because it contains different
substances that combat arthritis. It boosts the immune system with
alkylglycerols, it has squalene in it which is an antioxidant, it contains
vitamin E and omega 3 oils and combats Leaky Gut Syndrome which is at the
bottom of so many cases of arthritis.
shark liver oil may help to:
Augment traditional cancer treatments.
In Europe, shark liver oil is widely used to complement traditional
cancer treatments. Some preliminary research suggests that the
alkylglyerols in shark liver oil may prime the immune system, causing
cancer cells to come under attack and preventing spread of disease. The
oil may also fortify healthy cells and ease the harsh side effects of
cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatments. There are few sound
studies, however, to confirm these possible cancer-fighting benefits in
Fight infections and inflammations and heal wounds.
Enthusiasts claim that by boosting the immune system, shark liver oil
may protect against as well as speed the healing of colds, flu, and
various minor skin infections. These types of uses were certainly common
in old fishing communities familiar with sharks. Alkylglycerol-rich bone
marrow soup, for example, is an old-time home remedy used to ward off
The liver oil also has been proposed as an immune-modulating remedy to
ease asthma, arthritis, and the skin inflammations of psoriasis. Whether
it is truly effective for any of these conditions remains to be proven,
but for the minor ailments at least, it likely poses little risk and
could possibly help.
Honey. There are reports that indicate Manuka
Honey is effective in treating Psoriasis and other forms of dermatitis.
For Manuka Honey to be effective in treating psoriasis, it must be
applied directly to the affected area, not taken orally. Putting Manuka
Honey on your skin can be somewhat of a sticky mess.
Omega-3 fatty acids are
a form of polyunsaturated fats, one of four basic types of fat that the body
derives from food. (Cholesterol, saturated fat, and monounsaturated fat are
the others.) All polyunsaturated fats, including the omega-3s, are
increasingly recognized as important to human health.
Scientists made one of the first associations between omega-3s and human
health while studying the Inuit (Eskimo) people of Greenland in the 1970s.
As a group, the Inuit suffered far less from certain diseases (coronary
heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus, psoriasis) than
their European counterparts. Yet their diet was very high in fat from eating
whale, seal, and salmon. Eventually researchers realized that these foods
were all rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which provided real disease-countering
In particular, omega-3s in fish oil or other forms may help to:
Improve heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids have been
shown to play a part in keeping cholesterol levels low, stabilizing
irregular heart beat (arrhythmia), and reducing blood pressure. Researchers
now believe that alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of the omega-3s, is
particularly beneficial for protecting against heart and vessel disease, and
for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. An excellent source of ALA
is flaxseed oil, sold as both a liquid oil and a semisolid margarine-like
Omega-3 fatty acids are also natural blood thinners, reducing the
"stickiness" of blood cells (called platelet aggregation), which can lead to
such complications as blood clots and stroke.
Reduce hypertension. Studies of large groups of people
have found that the more omega-3 fatty acids people consume, the lower their
overall blood pressure level is. This was the case with the Greenland
Eskimos who ate a lot of oily, cold-water fish, for example.
Colostrum is made from the best
quality New Zealand bovine colostrum. it helps support the immune function
and growth factors and provides positive effects for health and well being.
Most people benefit from taking cow colostrum as an every day immune
system enhancer, but in particular people suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome,
Candida, Stomach Ulcers, Acne, Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis
as well as being much in demand by athletes for building muscle. Colostrum
contains growth factors that help to slow the aging process in anybody who
takes it. It also helps to stimulate wound healing, cartilage and nerve
regeneration, which is helpful in cases of Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain
Barre Syndrome and its variants.