Can a Mediterranean Diet Lessen Psoriasis Symptoms?

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Diet is known to play a role in a number of medical conditions caused by inflammation, including rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A study conducted in France and published in JAMA Dermatology suggests that an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean diet may diminish symptoms in people with psoriasis.

The French researchers analyzed an online prospective study on the relationship between nutrition and dietary patterns and health (NutriNet-Santé). Of the 35,735 participants, 3,557 had psoriasis and 878 had self-described “severe” psoriasis. Adherence to a Mediterranean diet – high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean protein, olive oil, and moderate amounts of red wine – was assessed using a scale of 0 (no adherence) to 18 (maximum adherence).

According to the researchers, study participants who didn’t follow a Mediterranean diet had more severe psoriasis symptoms than those who did. The study, which was observational, doesn’t prove cause and effect.

Sourced from: JAMA Dermatology