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FailureIsNotAnOption2004 10-04-2003 05:24 PM

flaxseed oil and psoriasis
 
I have mild scalp psoriasis...have had it all my life and have only had luck using topical steroids. I have heard that taking flaxseed oil (1-2 tablespoons a day) might help. I don't want all those extra calories if it isn't beneficial! Any thoughts???

cass999 10-06-2003 07:43 AM

would any flaxseed product work? like a bread or muffin? or do you have to take the oil. i think you can get flaxseed pills/capsules. check the vitamin section of the drug store. a pill would probably have less calories.

quietly_serene 10-14-2003 06:48 AM

I have heard of people who have taken a tablespoon of flax oil a day and have had their mild cases of psoriasis totally get better. As you probably know everyone has a different psoriasis trigger and maybe flax works well to resolve the triggers for some people but not for everyone. Same thing with zinc suplements.

So, maybe you can try flax and see whether it works for you. I think you need to try it for a long time (maybe 8 weeks) before you see any improvement. I'm still taking it and it's helped me a bit, but not cured me.

As far as what form of flax you could have, I don't think you get enough flax in a muffin or a cereal to make a difference. Flax meal with honey might be another way to go (take some flax and grind it and add some honey) but you'd have to take, oh, 1/2 cup? Something like that. It's a lot of flax meal to get down. I think that oil is the only way to go. Of course, you can still have the other foods as they provide much fiber which is really good for you otherwise.

HTH,

~serena


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