Role of Vitamin D Levels In Defence Against Psoriasis

According to a research published in Journal of dermatological treatments increasing vitamin D intake could reduce the symptoms of chronic inflammatory skin condition psoriasis.

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Vitamin D incorporated into a cream or ointment is also a relatively effective treatment for psoriasis, yet no one had investigated whether vitamin D supplementation might be of similar benefit.

Dr Michelle Ingram, who conducted the research as part of her PhD in Nutritional Science says,” Vitamin D may be beneficial for some people with psoriasis yet make no difference for others. It was not clear from our data why there might have been a difference in response – understanding the variability of response to psoriasis treatments in general is a long-term challenge and one that future research will hopefully be able to address”

 Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin D
AgeMaleFemalePregnancyLactation
0–12 months*400 IU
(10 mcg)
400 IU
(10 mcg)
  
1–13 years600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
  
14–18 years600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
19–50 years600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
51–70 years600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
  
>70 years800 IU
(20 mcg)
800 IU
(20 mcg)
  

* Adequate Intake (AI)

How Go About Adding Vitamin D in Diet?

Defence Against Psoriasis

Sunlight is the most common and efficient source of vitamin D. The richest food sources of vitamin D are fish oil and fatty fish. Here is a list of foods with good levels of vitamin D:

  • cod liver oil, 1 tablespoon: 1,360 IU
  • herring, fresh, raw, 4 ounces: 1,056 IU
  • swordfish, cooked, 4 ounces: 941 IU
  • raw maitake mushrooms, 1 cup: 786 IU
  • salmon, sockeye, cooked, 4 ounces: 596 IU
  • sardines, canned, 4 ounces: 336 IU
  • fortified skim milk, 1 cup: 120 IU
  • tuna, canned in water, drained, 3 ounces: 68 IU
  • egg, chicken, whole large: 44 IU

Consult your doctor before taking any medication.

Reference:

  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-03-vitamin-d-psoriasis-relief.html

Disclaimer

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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