I Ramped Up Vitamin D3 For Psoriasis And This Is What Happened
Vitamin D and Psoriasis most certainly have a relationship. This article will help you decide if that relationship constitutes a bit more investigation on your part or more involved conversation with your doctor.
Psoriasis is an irritating ailment. It affects 7.5 million people in the United States. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form. Plaque psoriasis appears like red circular patches that tend to shed off flakes. When on the head or eyebrows, it often appears like dandruff.
The patchy skin plaques can form seemingly overnight. They can be uncomfortable causing you to want to claw them out. They can be unsightly (I know I now wear long pants and long sleeves to work out in because many people think Psoriasis is contagious). Psoriasis also causes a great deal of stress because no matter how much Psoriasis plaques cover you body today, you are always concerned about how much more they might cover you.
Pharmaceutical companies are now amped up to solve Psoriasis. They’ve launched multi-million dollar ad campaigns hoping to lure us in for “symptom treatment” medications.
“You can embrace the chance of completely clear skin, with Taltz.”
You might get inflammatory bowel disease or a life-threatening infection, BUT, you might also get clear skin. Taltz targets a cytokine which is an inflammatory protein known by the name interleukin-17.
Taltz is an injection. Some people say Taltz helps with their psoriasis, but you have to consider side-effects. You probably found this article because you are looking to avoid pharmaceutical solutions for your psoriasis.
Psoriasis Natural Cures
I’ve investigated and tried almost every natural psoriasis cure. Psoriasis is a strange ailment in the way that you will read natural cure reviews and often times, you will read a lot of people claiming they really helped them but when I try it, I get nothing. And there is a ton of contradiction.
I was convinced for a while that anything fermented inflammed my psoriasis plaques, but later I discovered I was wrong (I dumbed my kombucha for months). If you read psoriasis natural cures, you find a ton of people saying you SHOULD eat fermented foods. Then you have the crowd saying it makes it worse.
I tried sea salt baths, that did nothing. And I hate baths, so I stopped. I tried rubbing coconut oil on them (that sort of helps, but only because it does moisturize them). I’ve read some people saying coconut oil will make them worse. Oh, I take cold showers for psoriasis. Do they help? Yes, some, but it is far from the cure. I notice hot showers “seem” to make the plaques more irritated.
Here’s the battle I’ve fought and what led me to Vitamin D and Psoriasis. There are times when my psoriasis is better. The redness will calm. The plaques will go from bright red to a deeper, darker, red. The scalp psoriasis is all but invisible (I can feel them, but they aren’t painful or irritated). The question always remains: why?
This is when I would start overthinking. What did I eat? What did I not drink? I eat a healthy diet for the most part. I stopped drinking alcohol hoping that would be my savior (things got better, but no cure).
However, one thing I began to relate to psoriasis improvement was my ingestion of vitamin D. And it was completely accidental. I keep vitamin D around the house and only tend to take it when I remember that I haven’t spent much time outside. I’m bad with vitamins; I am not good at remembering to take anything.
Once I caught on to the possibility that psoriasis and vitamin D might be linked, I began to expand my use. Yes, I ramped up. Far from “vitamin D megadosing,” I began taking 5,000 to 6,000 IU per day. I also began putting Ghee in my coffee so that I could also get my vitamin K, which is supposed to help regulate calcium. When you take “too much vitamin D,” you can have issues with calcium which might lead to kidney stones. I’m not a doctor, so do your research in this department. Vitamin D mega-dosing is a whole other world, I would just say that I ramped up my vitamin D beyond recommended dosing.
I began by using Country Life vitamin D3. Being honest, I did that because I found it in the store easily (that’s a super popular and trusted brand). Following that, I moved on to NatureWise vitamin D3 5,000. I did so because the reviews on Amazon were stellar. I’m not sure the switch changed anything (I was already taking the country life brand for a week before the switch). My point being, I can’t conclude one brand to be better than the other. I just decided to go with the one that had the most positive reviews for the long-term. There wasn’t much science happening in terms of reaching that conclusion.
So how did the vitamin D and psoriasis gig work out?
Well, the first week I used the Country Life. After a day, I honestly felt better. My mood was improved. I felt a bit more clarity. Additionally, after a day’s use, my psoriasis plaques were in better condition. Again, they’d been better before, so I couldn’t positively relate the results to the vitamin D3. All the same, it gave me hope. I noticed my sleep improved as well.
After a week, my psoriasis was notably improved. After the switch to the NatureWise brand and more time taking the vitamin D3, my psoriasis definitely got better. But here’s some notes.
Many people claim that it takes months of use. I’m at two months at the time of writing this article. I WILL continue to update the results.
My psoriasis plaques on my elbows and shins are still visible, but not inflamed at all. And they look more consistent with my skin color. They almost look like an old blemish. And they do seem to be getting better.
The scalp is way improved from a vanity standpoint; you can hardly see the psoriasis now. You will notice discolorations, almost as if I had a bandage covering a few spots and walked around in the sun for a day. I can barely feel them and the areas that were effected definitely shrunk down. Behind the ears is almost totally gone, though I can’t get a good visual on those areas. The belly button has been one of the toughest areas, but it’s gotten better. I tend to pick at the scales there more often, likely due to easy access, so that might be a reason for slower healing. Additionally, there isn’t much air flow. There also seems to be way less psoriasis in my ears.
I got even stricter in my eating. And I’d been away from possible psoriasis causes, such as alcohol, for even longer throughout the duration of upping my vitamin D3. It’s possible improvements were not related to vitamin D3.
I never got my vitamin D3 levels blood tested.
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Psoriasis and Vitamin D3 Studies
When it comes to psoriasis and vitamin D3, science has been getting involved (so in other words, you don’t have to take my word for it, nor should you). But when it comes to vitamin D3 and pretty much everything, the same chicken and egg debate ensues.
Science shows that people with psoriasis tend to be vitamin D deficient. A Harvard Medical Dermatologist determined this.
“We speculated that vitamin D might be low in psoriasis patients, but this is the first good study that substantiates it,” says Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.
He goes on to say that this defiency isn’t the cause of psoriasis, per say, but it may impair the body’s ability to repair the damage. But the thing is, which came first, the low vitamin D or the psoriasis? That doesnt’ seem to be super clear.
Here’s another excerpt from that same Harvard article for your consideration (notice he mentions topical solutions, I’ve been taking pills).
If your blood levels of vitamin D are low, Dr. Olbricht recommends oral vitamin D supplements whether you have psoriasis or not. Most experts recommend a dosage between 400 and 1,000 international units (IU) per day for most people. Taking vitamin D will not cure psoriasis, and hasn’t been proven to improve it. However, Dr. Olbricht says, “topical vitamin D preparations applied directly to psoriasis plaques can improve and suppress the plaque.”
How To Get More Vitamin D For Psoriasis
Here’s the thing, the sun is our greatest, most stable producer of vitamin D3. And often, I spend a lot of time in the sun. I spend a great deal of time on the beach in California. I noticed sun exposure helped my psoriasis, but the effects seemed super inconsistent.
You can take fish oils. Liver, beef, eggs (yolks), cheese, all contain some low amounts of vitamin D3.
For me, it came down to taking the vitamin. And since I’ve taken it, I have noticed improvements. Is it possible my psoriasis improvements aren’t linked to the increased vitamin D3? Yes, it is. Do your own research in this department. I just hope my own story serves to lead you down a path that ends with you being psoriasis free, not matter which method you end up using.
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Author: Jim Satney
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