Can Vitamin D Help With My Psoriasis?

by FitFormula Wellness
Can Vitamin D Help With My Psoriasis?

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, a time to educate on the seriousness of the disease, debunk misconceptions, and bring awareness to various treatment options for psoriasis. The FitFormula team is doing their part to shine a light on those living with psoriasis by discussing this common immune-mediated disease and its relationship to vitamin D, a potential natural relief. Keep reading to learn about psoriatic disease and to hear science-backed research on vitamin D’s positive impact. 

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a disease affecting over 7.5 million US adults and over 125 million worldwide. It is most commonly characterized by itchy dry patches and raised, scale-like areas on the skin (plaque psoriasis), which can burn and sting for many. 

This condition is caused by an overactive immune system which speeds up skin cell growth. Whereas healthy skin cells will go through the process of growing and falling off over the course of one month, psoriasis leads skin cells to go through this entire process in just a few days. However, these itchy scales aren’t the only manifestations of psoriasis. 

Though less common, psoriatic arthritis affects around 30% of people living with psoriasis, causing joint stiffness, pain, and swelling. Others may experience guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, or erythrodermic psoriasis, each with their own set of painful symptoms. The direct cause of psoriasis is unknown, but researchers have found a link between psoriasis and low levels of vitamin D. 

What Are The Benefits of Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because the body naturally produces it when skin is exposed to the sun. It is vital for bone, muscle, and immune health (and more), but people rarely receive enough sun exposure on any given day to produce an adequate amount of this crucial vitamin. Therefore, it is important to supplement it into your diet.

Symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency include fatigue, unusual tiredness, depression, bone and hair loss, muscle, bone, and back pain, and potentially psoriasis. Plus, vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption! The two work together; without enough vitamin D, calcium can’t effectively be retained by the body, leading to brittle bones, dental problems, and even cataracts. More than 41% of the US population has a vitamin D deficiency (that’s over 140 million people), so if you fear that you aren’t getting enough of this necessary vitamin, it’s a great time to begin supplementing it into your diet. Consider FitFormula’s Calcium and Vitamin D supplements in the flavors classic or blueberry. Get your daily dose of both Vitamin D and Calcium in one easy packet that can be mixed into any 2+ ounces of your favorite drink or added to your breakfast. 


Psoriasis Treatment and Vitamin D

Research shows that there is a correlation between psoriasis and low levels of vitamin D. The scientists behind the 2017 study “Vitamin D and its role in psoriasis” recommended that nutritionists “should consider a general vitamin D supplementation in populations at high risk for vitamin D deficiency, such as psoriatic patients.” There are two main ways vitamin D can help patients: consumed orally through food or vitamin supplement or applied directly to the skin with topical oils and ointments. 

Topical vitamin D oils and ointments may treat psoriasis flare-ups when applied directly to the skin. Vitamin D helps to slow the growth of new skin cells, stopping the speed of the skin-growth process mentioned earlier; and therefore inhibiting the formation of painful scales and dry patches. 

Psoriasis is an immune mediated-disease, which according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, is “a disease with an unclear cause that is characterized by inflammation caused by dysfunction of the immune system.” Thus, consuming vitamin D may strengthen the immune system, treating psoriasis from the inside out

Vitamin D Supplements and Food

If you have psoriasis and are searching for some natural relief, live in an area where you receive little sun exposure, or just aren’t getting outside as much as you’d like, have no fear. You can still get your daily dose of Vitamin D from a variety of foods and supplements. 

There are two forms of vitamin D: Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is a form derived from plants, primarily mushrooms, and yeasts. Vitamin D3 is derived from animals and sun exposure, so you can find it in foods like cheese, egg yolks, fortified foods, and fatty fish like tuna. Both forms of vitamin D are excellent, but research shows that vitamin D3 may be more potent, lasting longer in your system, than vitamin D2. 

Oral supplements, like FitFormula’s Liquid Vitamin D3, are an easy way to ensure you are getting the precise dose for your body. Plus, when taken in liquid form, the supplement is spread over the inside of the mouth through a plume of microdroplets, allowing the vitamin to be largely absorbed through the fine blood vessels that line the oral cavity. Scientific studies show that this can be 2.5 times more effective than swallowing tablets or capsules.

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