The Truth Behind the Benefits of Fish Oil for Psoriasis
Medically reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
For people with psoriatic disease, there’s some talk about whether a fish oil supplement, rich in omega-3s, can help improve their symptoms. Though there are scientific studies that suggest fish oil is helpful for psoriasis, there are some things you should know before adding the supplement to your daily regimen. To find out more, we asked Elizabeth DeRobertis, a New-York based registered dietitian, for her take on fish oil and its potential benefits for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
What exactly is fish oil?
Fish oil is derived from the tissue of oily fish. It’s a dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids. We need omega-3 fatty acids for many functions, from muscle activity to cell growth. Omega-3 fatty acids can't be manufactured in the body, and we can only get them through food.