The Prevention and Treatment of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, or red patches on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back. Normally, skin cells mature gradually and are shed about every 28 days. In psoriasis, skin cells do not mature but instead move quickly up to the surface of the skin over 3 to 6 days and build up, forming the characteristic red skin rash loosely covered with silvery white scales. Some doctors believe that the immune system is a factor in the development of psoriasis and typically prescribe immune suppressing drugs to treat it. A high level of arachidonic acid within skin cells is another factor contributing to psoriasis. Hence, dietary and supplementation strategies aimed at decreasing arachidonic acid build up in skin cells has demonstrated impressive results in a number of clinical trials with psoriasis patients.

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