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Sticking to a Mediterranean diet could improve the symptoms of psoriasis, a study has found.
Eating the diet rich in fruit, vegetables, olive oil, fish, bread and nuts could slow down the painful condition which causes red, scaly patches of skin.
Foods - Diet - Anti-inflammatory - Properties - Immune
Foods in the diet are thought to be high in anti-inflammatory properties which could stifle the immune system's tendency to replace skin too quickly in patients.
In a study of thousands of psoriasis patients, scientists found people whose diet least resembles a Mediterranean one are more likely to have severe symptoms.
Researcher - Role - Psoriasis - Team - Findings
One researcher said 'diet can play an important role in psoriasis' and the team hope their findings can improve ways of treating the condition.
Psoriasis affects around 1.3 million Brits and 6.7 million people in the US, and causes skin to replace itself in just a few days in a process that would normally take weeks – as a result the tell-tale dry, irritated patches of skin cells develop.
Inflammation - Immune - System - Way - Order
Inflammation, the immune system's way of reacting in order to protect the body, is said to be a contributing factor in how severe patients' symptoms are.
And the Mediterranean diet contains a lot of foods containing anti-inflammatory chemicals – mainly fruit and vegetables.
Scientists - Diet - Health - Benefits - Lot
Scientists think eating the diet, claimed to have numerous health benefits and best known for containing a lot of olive oil, tomatoes and fish, could improve the quality of life of psoriasis patients.
The Mediterranean diet is widely considered to be one of the healthiest in the world, and is thought to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and bone-weakening osteoporosis.
Study - Researchers - Mondor - Hospital - Paris
In the study, by researchers at Mondor Hospital in south-east Paris, 35,735 people...
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