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Which kind of coconut oil can improve psoriasis symptoms?

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Virgin cold-pressed coconut oil (VCO) is the kind experts think has the most health benefits, both as part of your diet and for your skin. Because VCO isn't processed with high heat, it keeps more of its germ-fighting power than refined coconut oil. It can:

  • Moisturize
  • Help with inflammation
  • Kill bacteria

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Coconut Oil -- What Is It All About?"

Dermatology World: "The Pantry as Medicine Cabinet."

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Alternative, Complementary, and Forgotten Remedies for Atopic Dermatitis."

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition : "Antioxidant capacity and phenolic acids of virgin coconut oil."

Journal of Dermatological Science : "Recent advances in atopic dermatitis and psoriasis: Genetic background, barrier function, and therapeutic targets."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Scalp Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Coconut Oil -- What Is It All About?"

Dermatology World: "The Pantry as Medicine Cabinet."

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Alternative, Complementary, and Forgotten Remedies for Atopic Dermatitis."

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition : "Antioxidant capacity and phenolic acids of virgin coconut oil."

Journal of Dermatological Science : "Recent advances in atopic dermatitis and psoriasis: Genetic background, barrier function, and therapeutic targets."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Scalp Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2019

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