Sun And Supplements Relieve Psoriasis
According to The Optimum Nutrition Bible, by Patrick Holford, psoriasis may be linked to a candida infection or digestive problems. Many experts recommend a cleansing diet to help alleviate the problem, since the buildup of toxins in an unhealthy colon also may be a factor.
Dry skin conditions, such as psoriasis, is often a sign of fatty acid imbalance. Your skin cells need to have healthy cell membranes to prevent moisture loss, capture nutrients and keep toxins away. Fatty acids are necessary for this and to help keep skin cells strong and functioning properly. If you aren't eating enough of the right fats, chances are your skin will be dry as a result. In the majority of cases, fatty acid imbalance occurs because a person eats too many omega-6 fats, found in such products as corn, soy, canola, safflower and sunflower oil, and not enough omega-3 fats. These two types of fat, omega-3 and omega-6, are both essential for human health, however, the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1. Our ancestors evolved over millions of years on this ratio. Today, though, our ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 averages from 20:1 to 50:1!
James Balch, M.D. and Phyllis Balch, C.N.C., Prescription For Nutritional Healing, consider psoriasis to be a result of faulty utilization of fat, since the disease is rare in countries where the diet is low in fat. Current research also indicates the immune system may play a role. Supplements that may be beneficial include flax and evening primrose oil, zinc, magnesium, and antioxidant nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E. Essential fatty acids, flaxseed, and lecithin have been found to be "essential" in treating psoriasis.
Psoriasis Sufferers Find Relief At Tanning Salons
In a study conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, psoriasis sufferers who have received daily UV treatments showed significant improvement. The findings are supported by a recent Brittish study of the use of narrowband UVB light as "safe and effective" for psoriasis treatment. The test results were reported in the 1999 edition of the Brittish Journal Of Dermatology vol.140,pp.887-890. The study might help explain why so many psoriasis sufferers visit tanning salons for relief.
The research was conducted by the Dept.Of Dermatology at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow,Scotland,UK. A 40-lamp medical UVB unit was employed in the tests on 75 patients between the ages of 18 and 72.
The subjects were given treatments three times per week for up to 20 exposures or until their condition cleared. Ninety-five per cent of the patients reported that the treatments were beneficial. Of the 75 patients treated, 29% were completely cleared, 62% showed marked improvement, while 9% were moderately improved.
Based on information from Energy Times(10/99), Island Sun Times (12/00) and info from mercola.com (Dr. Joseph Mercola)
Digestin Digestive Enzymes from Progressive Laboratories
Digestin... Digestive Aid For Protein, Fat And Starch
Digestin™ is a two-phase digestive enzyme capsule that works in both the upper and lower digestive tract. Its exclusive enteric matrix formulation allows part of its enzymes to be released in the gastric phase and part in the enteric phase of digestion.
Contains Bile Powder - Supports fat digestion in the small intestine. Useful for people who have had their gall bladder removed. Supports the pancreas, gall bladder and liver in producing bile salts and helps digest fats.
Acida-Zyme HCI w/Pepsin from Progressive Laboratories
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Acida-Zyme Betaine HCI ... Digestive Aid With Pepsin
Acida-Zyme is a digestive aid containing betaine HCl for patients with insufficient stomach acid.
Taken with meals, Acida-Zyme particularly supports digestion of protein and fats.
Comfort Zone Digestive Complex Vegetable Capsules
Suitable for Lacto-Vegetarians.
Super Papaya Enzyme Plus
An advanced, more powerful digestive aid, this 100% natural "after meal" supplement may be especially helpful when looking for a higher level of support. Each serving contains 15mg of delicious papaya fruit fortified with well-known enzymes, including papain, protease, amylase, and bromelain, which may help improve the absorption of food and protein digestion. Peppermint and chlorophyll have been added to refresh taste and sweeten breath.
Free Of: yeast, wheat, milk or milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, soy, artificail color, artificial flavor.
contains sodium (less than 5mg per serving).
Directions: Adults, chew 3 tablets following meals, or dissolve 1 or 2 tablets in mouth when needed. Warning: If you are pregnant, nursing or taking medications, consult with your doctor before use.
Probiotic Broad Spectrum From Progressive Laboratories
A specially developed probiotic formula featuring 10 high quality probiotic species, for a total of about 10 Billion CFU (colony forming units) per caplet. This product also features the patented BIO-tract® delivery system that protects the live organisms from gastric acid to ensure their delivery into the intestines. This formula also contains fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) which are added to provide food for bacterial proliferation. The best part is ... No Refrigeration is Required!! Simply keep this product in a cool, dry place for best storage.
Bio-tract®'s exclusive gel matrix technology allows for a gel protective layer to continuously form and erode around the tablet; releasing probiotic organisms as it travels through the digestive tract providing controlled delivery and ensuring the organisms remain active at consistent levels throughout the day. You can count on Probiotic Broad Spectrum to deliver the highest level of all day digestive, intestinal and immune support essential for healthy digestion, natural regularity, intestinal function and immune health.
EFA Complex From Progressive Laboratories
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Just as the body cannot make its own vitamins, there are also Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) that must be obtained through the diet or through supplementation.
Typical Fatty Acid Composition:
Omega 3: 160 mg.
Omega 6: 287 mg.
Omega 9: 65 mg.
Formula also rich in Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil and Organic Flaxseed Oil.
Directions: One softgel capsule, one to three times daily.
Flax Oil Capsules From Progressive Laboratories
Features 100% Virgin Flax Oil (1000mg)in capsule form. The richest natural source of omega 3 fatty acids.