Heart Healthy Diet

A 2012 study confirmed that people with psoriasis are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, as is heart disease, so reducing inflammation and improving heart health is important for individuals with psoriasis.

Consider following these recommendations:

  • Eat fish at least twice a week. Research shows that eating coldwater fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (for example, salmon, trout, and herring) can help lower your risk of coronary artery disease.
  • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin. Prepare them without adding saturated and trans-fat. Baking and broiling are heart healthy ways to prepare lean meats and poultry.
  • Use fat-free, 1-percent fat, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Limit foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans-fat in your diet.
  • Aim to eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. Read food labels to see how much you're consuming.
  • Limit alcohol, individuals with more severe psoriasis may benefit from eliminating alcohol entirely. If you are going to have an occasional drink, it is recommended that woman should not exceed one drink per day and men should drink no more than two drinks per day.
  • Keep an eye on your portion sizes. Consider weighing and measuring your food until you get used to appropriate portion size.
  • Limit the amount of processed and fast food you eat.

For more diet and lifestyle recommendations, visit The American Heart Association or the Centers for Disease Control websites.