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Below is a brief overview of the supplements that psoriasis patients may find useful during their recovery (and after, too, in some cases). Combining a healthy diet like the Psoriasis Diet discussed above with an adequate supplementation protocol will help ensure progress toward healing completely.
- Fish Oil (preferably cod liver oil) – 1000mg, 3 times daily
- If you’d prefer to not take fish oil, instead take at least 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil in the morning. Take the flaxseed oil in the form of the Budwig Smoothie for best results.
- Fish oil is required in order to ensure adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, other good sources of omega-3’s that can be considered if the patient cannot take fish oil or flaxseed oil include evening primrose oil, cat’s claw oil, and unrefined coconut oil.
- Diabetics should take no more than 2000mg of fish oil per day because it can interfere with blood sugar levels.
- Grape Seed Extract (standardized to contain 92-95% proanthocyanidins) – 100mg, 2 times daily
- This supplement helps protect the liver (thus supporting detoxification) as well as acting to detoxify and heal the kidneys. Because the Psoriasis Diet and natural treatments for psoriasis in general hinge on detoxification of these two organs, grape seed extract is a valuable supportive supplement.
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid – 150mg daily, taken in the morning
- ALA is an anti-inflammatory and immunomodulator. It is produced naturally in small quantities in the body and can be obtained from some food sources.
- Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene) – 25,000 IU per day for 1 month at the beginning of the protocol, and then reduce to 10,000IU per day afterwards.
- Beta-carotene helps support skin health as well as a variety of other important bodily functions.
- Women who are pregnant should not take more than 5000 IU per day.
- Zinc – 30mg daily
- Notably decreased zinc levels (and increased copper levels) have been noted in patients with psoriasis. Worsening psoriasis symptoms correlate with further decreased serum zinc levels. Correction of these imbalances may help restore health for patients suffering from psoriasis.
- Copper – 2mg daily
- Only add the copper supplement if you will be taking zinc for 1+ months
- Zinc can deplete the body’s copper content, particularly when administered long-term in higher doses, so this copper supplement is intended to help maintain mineral balance in the body if you choose to take the zinc supplement mentioned above for a longer period of time.
- Milk Thistle (standardized to contain at least 70% silymarin content) – 150mg, 2 times per day
- Milk thistle is a natural liver healer and cleanser and will help support general liver health for recovering psoriasis patients.
- Women who are pregnant should not use milk thistle since this herb has not been well studied in regard to its safety in pregnant women.
- Lecithin – 4-8 tablespoons of granular form per day (for children, take 1 teaspoon daily)
- The dose should be reduced to 1 tablespoon per day after the psoriasis symptoms clear up
- If you prefer capsules, you will need to take 9 capsules of 1200mg each to equal 1 level tablespoon of granular lecithin. This may be unwieldy for many people, which is why we recommend taking lecithin in its granular form, but ultimately it’s up to you whether you choose to take capsules or granular lecithin.
- Lecithin (in its granular form) may also be sprinkled on top of salads or other foods or mixed into smoothies or drinks.
- Lecithin is a fat emulsifier and thus helps prevent arterial fat accumulation and can lower cholesterol. This action is also part of what makes lecithin helpful in the digestion of fats. It is a natural laxative as well and can thus help encourage regular, healthy bowel movements. It is high in phosphoric acid, a natural compound needed for the regeneration of nerve and brain tissues.
- Avoid taking too much lecithin since it can interfere with calcium absorption. Use “less is more” as your approach when in doubt.
- Lecithin has been used in the treatment of not only psoriasis, but also for scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis.
 Lei, Li, et. al. (2019). Abnormal Serum Copper and Zinc Levels in Patients with Psoriasis: A Meta-Analysis. Retrieved January 13, 2022 from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6537698/
 Pagano, John O. A., DC (2009). Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative (1st ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
 Wu, Albert G. et. al. (2019). The Impact of Diet of Psoriasis. Retrieved January 13, 2022 from: https://cdn.mdedge.com/files/s3fs-public/issues/articles/ct104002007_si.pdf