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Nutritional support for methotrexate and other psoriasis treatments
Optimal treatment of psoriasis should be done in conjunction with a board-certified dermatologist.
We have designed our supplement based on recommendations by the National Psoriasis Foundation as well as commonly recommended supplementation by board-certified dermatologists. This is not a cure for psoriasis and is meant to support patients in their ongoing treatment.
Please see our FAQ for more information on psoriasis and treatment options.
Omega-3s are a specific type of polyunsaturated fatty acid, meaning they contain more than one double bond in their chemical structure. The “3” refers to where in the chemical structure the first double bond occurs.
Omega-3s help psoriasis symptoms by reducing inflammation. When they enter the bloodstream, they lubricate the cells of the body. This lubrication can have a healing effect on cells that are particularly in need of it, such as brain cells and cells that make up your joints. This lubrication can also reduce inflammation.
Your body is able to synthesize saturated fatty acids, but you don’t have an enzyme that allows you to stick a double bond in the right spot to create omega-3s yourself. The three omega-3s found in food are:
Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA) can be found in green, leafy vegetables, flaxseeds, chia seeds and canola, walnut and soybean oils.
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) is a 20-carbon fatty acid found in oily fish, algae oil and krill oil. Your body is able to synthesize this molecule in its original form.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is 22-carbon molecule, also found in oily fish, krill oil, and algae oil. Your body will convert some DHA molecules back to EPA’s in order to keep them at fairly equal levels if you consume more DHA.
Vitamin D is produced naturally in the skin when it is exposed to sunlight, hence its nickname the "Sunshine Vitamin". Although classified as a vitamin, D transforms into a hormone within the body. In this form, it is circulated in the bloodstream to help in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous that is received from digested food sources. Many patients with psoriasis are deficient in vitamin D at baseline and daily supplementation is needed. While topical synthetic vitamin Ds are used in psoriasis, these are distinct from oral supplements.
Smokers, and possibly former smokers, should avoid multivitamins (MVM) products that provide more than 100% of the Daily Value for vitamin A (either as preformed retinol or beta-carotene or some combination of the two) because two studies have linked high supplemental doses of these nutrients with an increased risk of lung cancer in smokers.
Taking excess amounts of vitamin A (preformed retinol form, not as beta-carotene) during pregnancy has been shown to increase the risk of birth defects in infants.
Except in cases of iron deficiency or inadequacy, or unless a physician recommends otherwise, adult males and postmenopausal women should avoid using iron supplements or MVMs containing more than their Recommended Daily Allowance for iron (8 mg/day). Iron supplements may be recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women, preterm infants, older infants, and teenage girls because they are at greater risk of developing a deficiency. Yet, iron supplements are a leading cause of poisoning in young children, so parents and guardians should keep iron-containing supplements out of the reach of children.
MVMs providing nutrients at or up to 100% of the US recommended daily allowance do not typically interact with medications, but it is always recommended to discuss a supplement with your doctor or pharmacists before taking.
If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can return the unused product within 30 days for a full refund less any promotional shipping and handling if applicable. Returns must be in the original packaging and accompanied with a printout of the receipt. To be eligible for return, the item returned may only be partially used and are subject to inspection.
Shipping and Handling is $9.95 per order, however we offer free Shipping and Handling for orders of $100 or more.
You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are nonrefundable and promotional shipping will be deducted from any refund amount.
Once we receive your item, we will inspect it and notify you that we have received your returned item. We will immediately notify you on the status of your refund after inspecting the item.
If your return is approved, we will initiate a refund to your credit card (or original method of payment).
You will receive the credit, typically within one billing cycle, depending on your card issuer's policies.