Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease that commonly affects the scalp, torso, elbows, knees and fingernails. It is a non-contagious chronic disease that can cause great distress both physically and emotionally. It most commonly presents as sharply defined red, dry plaques of thickened skin covered by a silvery, flaky surface but can also present as a weepy or pustular condition. There are many different types of psoriasis including plaque, scalp, pustular, guttate, palmoplantar, flexural, psoriatic nails, psoriatic arthritis and erythrodermic.
The prevalence of psoriasis in different populations varies between 0 and 12%, with estimates between 2-3% in most western cultures. Psoriasis affects people of all ethnicities and ages, however, most patients are first diagnosed in their early adult years.
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown; however, impairment of the immune system and genetics are known to play major roles in its development. When the immune system is triggered it speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells, among other immune reactions, leading to a thickening of the skin, inflammation and excessive scaling.
In psoriasis, the keratinocytes (skin cells) multiply rapidly and travel from the bottom layer of the epidermis to the surface in approximately 4 days, the normal skin growth cycle is 28 to 30 days. This leads to a build-up of skin cells and the formation of thick, silvery and flaky dry patches or plaques. The skin layer underneath the epidermis (dermis), which contains the nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels, then becomes red and inflamed.
Soratinex founder, Professor Michael Tirant has dedicated over 30 years of his career to the research of natural treatments for psoriasis. In the early 80s, his research showed that alcohol and tobacco smoking exacerbate psoriasis, while diet and nutrition play major roles in the management of the disease. The evidence continues to grow and support these findings, validating the importance of consuming a healthy diet, rich in plant based foods and low in processed, refined and inflammatory foods such as sugar, red meat and alcohol.
Foods to avoid: tomatoes, chilli, capsicums, citrus fruits, berries, pineapples, soft drinks (carbonated), sweets (chocolate, cakes, cream, ice-cream), tea, coffee, red meat, food additives and preservatives.
Beneficial food: green vegetables including spinach, snow peas, broccoli, celery, bok choy, lettuce and water crest.
Once psoriasis has been activated it is a lifelong condition and must be managed as such, and at the present time there is no cure for Psoriasis. Psoriasis can be cleared and remission (being symptom free) can be achieved with careful management of lifestyle and dietary factors, in conjunction with Soratinex oral supplements and topicals.