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Q. I have been taking 5000 IUs of vitamin D3, and my psoriasis has seriously improved as a result. If only I had known about this 15 years ago, it would have saved me so much anguish. I can’t understand why doctors don’t recommend vitamin D along with their creams.

A. Both oral and topical vitamin D can be effective against psoriasis (International Journal of Dermatology, online Jan. 20, 2015). People with eczema may also benefit from vitamin D supplementation (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, March, 2012).

You are not the only visitor to our website to report success. Here are just a few stories to support your experience:

YYA reports:

“Thank gosh I found that vitamin D3 has helped my psoriasis a lot. I have only been on it less than one week and already I can tell a difference!”

Sergie shares a personal and professional story:

“As a doctor with long-standing past psoriasis,  particularly on elbows, shins and scalp I am fully at ease in recommending Vitamin D for the condition. I have been practicing medicine for 45 years.

“I have been taking 4000 IU per day (I formerly had low serum Vitamin D levels). All flaking, scaling, plaques, irritation and bleeding that followed whenever I was tempted to scratch have vanished, leaving only pale residual inconsequential fading of the skin at its former sites.

“Effect on morale: terrific!”

Hady shared this interesting experience:

“Hello all, thank you for your feedback on this website. I have had psoriasis for a few years too. I did the vitamin D blood test and of course I was deficient.

“I took Euro D 50,000 per week for 10 weeks. My psoriasis was 90% gone and my vitamin D levels came back to normal. I stopped and my psoriasis came back.”

Speaking of low vitamin D levels, a surprising number of people have inadequate levels of this vitamin, especially during the winter. Read more about this crucial nutrient and its role in helping control blood pressure, easing arthritis pain and preventing fractures in our Guide to Vitamin D Deficiency. You will learn:

  • All the various conditions linked to low levels of vitamin D
  • How to tell if you’re D-ficient
  • How to access a home blood test for vitamin D
  • How you can increase your vitamin D levels naturally
  • How much is enough and how much is too much.

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  1. jason

    I’m not a doctor or any kind of authority. However I think the dose of 2000 iu is far too small. I have had psoriasis for approx. a year. It got bad quickly. Covering approx. 30% of my back, stomach, chest, arms and legs. I tried cortisone cream with some success. However too much cortisone cream and it can actually make the psoriasis worse. Anyhow….I couldn’t afford the light therapy and no way could afford the biologics. So I kept searching online for something affordable that would at lease help. I was slathering on all the over the counter non-cortisone creams on my body every night. I was putting the cortisone on my face to keep it relatively clear of the plaques. Then I came across a study out of Brazil where they were treating their patients with 30,000 iu of vitamin d3 a day. Then found another site that added vitamin K7 I believe. The second site also said to cut out all dairy. So I got the vitamins, cut out all dairy and literally i felt results in a day or 2. Seen results in a week. Now approx. 2 months in my plaques are 90% gone. No itching. The redness is gone. Just a ghost of the plaques are less. Folks…i seriously hope folks will atleast try this. Give it 2 weeks and see for yourself. Good luck.

    • Terry Graedon

      30,000 IU per day is too high for more than a very short time. This could lead to vitamin D toxicity.

  2. Kris N

    Vitamin D3 1000 I daily has helped my plaque psoriasis alot.

  3. Robert

    I have been taking D3, 2000 mg/day and have not seen any changes. I will try a higher dosage, such as the 5000 mg and report back. I have had “some” success with coconut oil applied to affected areas. The success is the absence of heavy plaque-ing; now the plaque is minimal but still visible. As a further note, I have been diagnosed with ankylosing spindylitis and psoriatic arthritis. I have had ankylosing spindylitis for 38 years. The psoriasis for about 15 years, starting on the knees then appearing on the elbows, and small spots on my legs, face, and back of neck during that 15 year time span. I have experienced secondary symptoms of iritis, Reynaud’s syndrome, and IBS as well. I have some how managed these secondary symptoms with stress management and specific food. But the psoriasis has been stubbornly resistant to numerous “remedies.” These are autoimmune diseases that the medical field does not fully understand and that affects everyone differently.

    I think respondents should include pertinent medical diagnoses and other related health issues (comparable to the computer world when informing technical support what OS version, what computer model, etc. one has in order for tech support to help troubleshoot the problem) so that readers can determine similarities and whether the remedy might help or worth a try.

  4. KVS
    upstate NY

    I have been taking D3 0 2,000mg/day for a year and have not seen any significant difference in my psoraisis. The bigest difference I have seen has come from Primrose Oil and Fish Oil and drinking Yellow Saffrom Tea.

  5. abigail

    Please tell us where we can get vegetable ( non fish) Vitamin D. Other than the one brand you have written about.

  6. Marissa
    North Carolina

    This is intriguing. I’d like to know if vitamin D supplements have proven beneficial for anyone with psoriatic arthritis.

  7. leslie
    ardmore, ok

    I like to see figure comments but can never figure out how. What has changed. I look forward to this news letter each week.

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