17 Dec

Psoriasis patients respond to olive oil supplement

By Dr. Patrick Massey,

From martinis to salads, the olive has traveled from the Middle East and gradually found its way into the American diet. Incorporating olives and olive oil into the diet can reduce the risk of a number of medical conditions, including heart disease and cancer. Recent medical research suggests that olive oil may also be helpful in the treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a skin disease that results in red or silvery scaly patches called plaques. These are actually areas of inflammation and overproduction of skin. These plaques frequently occur on the elbows and knees but can also affect any area.

Psoriasis is believed to be linked to an overactive immune system. It’s not contagious but does have a genetic component. It is often made worse by a stressful lifestyle, including smoking, fatigue, depression and excessive drinking.

About 90 percent of all cases of psoriasis can be described as mild to moderate. Unfortunately, the therapies for psoriasis have many side effects and are used primarily in those with severe cases. There is no good medical therapy for those with mild to moderate psoriasis. One option, however, may be olive oil.

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One Response to “Psoriasis patients respond to olive oil supplement”

  1. Catina Says:

    At ‘The Salt Project’ we manufacture body care products that are made with olive oil (scrun in a TUB and body oil RUB). We have had many customers with psoriasis and eczema who have given us their elated testimonies after seeing improvements from using our olive oil blended products. In the seven years that we have been in business, it continues to amaze me that our customers are looking and feeling near “normal” with the use of our products. We also attribute some of the healing benefits that come from the use our body scrub to the sea salt in contains (with all of its natural minerals in tact) as to part of the reasoning of improved skin health for such clients.

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