Antioxidants help ease severe psoriasis

In psoriasis, skin cells rapidly reproduce to form red, dry, thickened patches of inflamed skin. In one study, 58 people were admitted to the hospital emergency room with an arthritic type of psoriasis of the skin and joints, or another type that affects the skin over most of the body surface. Both groups got conventional psoriasis treatment plus an antioxidant supplement containing 50 mg of coenzyme Q10, 75 IU of vitamin E, and 48 mcg of selenium per day, or a placebo.

After 33 days, compared to placebo, the antioxidant group with arthritic psoriasis had 45 percent lower symptom severity scores, and the antioxidant group with major skin-surface psoriasis had 37 percent lower symptom severity scores.

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