Apples and skin disease psoriasis
There have been no official studies done on the efficacy of apples and apple cider vinegar on curing psoriasis and relieving the symptoms. There are also no records of apples or apple products causing psoriasis itself. However, practitioners of homeopathic medicine suggest that a person’s diet plays a pivotal role in the treatment of any disease or condition, particularly psoriasis. Even conventional medicine advocates for healthy diet and lifestyle changes as an adjunct to treatment of psoriasis.
Fresh apples contain vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, moderate amounts of dietary fiber, and high amounts of water. In addition to a well-rounded diet, apples can aid in the prevention of dehydration, constipation, and poor nutrition. Studies have been done on flavonoids and there is evidence of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in humans, which may be of benefit to a person with psoriasis. However, apples alone are not enough to maintain a healthy body. Apples of all varieties are relatively common in grocery stores and markets around the world, so they may easily be incorporated into a person’s diet as a healthy snack and alternative to junk food.
Apple Cider Vinegar and psoriasis
Apple cider vinegar is the product of fermented apple juice (cider). The alcohol content of fermented apple cider is converted into acetic and malic acid, which are organic acids that give the vinegar its characteristic sour taste. Apple cider vinegar is low in calories, vitamin and mineral content, but may contain amino acids and antioxidants. One of the most successful uses of apple cider vinegar is in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in controlling blood sugar and improving insulin-sensitivity. This may be helpful for people with psoriasis in preventing type 2 diabetes, since there is a slightly increased chance of a person with psoriasis to develop diabetes later in life.
Alternative medicine proponents believe that apple cider vinegar can be used internally and externally as treatment for many diseases and conditions, including psoriasis. However, many claims made by alternative medicine practitioners have been refuted and disproven by conventional medical doctors and scientists. In either case, it is always important to consult your doctor before making any drastic changes in your diet.