Many of us take vitamins on a regular basis for overall general health of to help alleviate a specific condition. However, some illnesses can alter the way our body uses vitamins and minerals and there may also be adverse interactions between specific medications and some supplements which might negate the efficacy – and safety – of both the supplement and the drug.
If you are one of the 1.8 million people who suffer from Psoriasis, it’s important to restrict your daily intake of Vitamin A in supplement form to either 0.7mg for men or 0.6mg for women.
Many Psoriasis sufferers use retinoids – in either tablet or topical lotion – to treat their condition. Retinoids help regulate the growth of skin cells as, in Psoriasis, the skin replacement process speeds up causing red and silvery scales to form.
However, retinoids are a derivative of Vitamin A, which is well-known for its role in skin maintenance and repair, so taking additional Vitamin A as a supplement can lead to toxicity in the body.
Unlike water-soluble vitamins and supplements that pass through our body in urine, Vitamin A is fat-soluble, meaning it remains in your body, stored in your liver.
So, to avoid potential health problems such as conjunctivitis, alopecia or worsening your skin problem, always check with your doctor if you are taking prescribed medication for your Psoriasis and intending to take any vitamins supplements.