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Eggs and Psoriasis

Eggs and Psoriasis

Should you be eating eggs if you have psoriasis and what are the healthier ways to consume eggs

Eggs are rich in phosphorus, calcium, potassium, vitamin D, A, B6, B5, B12 and essential trace elements, including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc[1]. Despite an impressive nutrition profile, eggs are also reported as a trigger for psoriasis.[2]

Reasons why eggs could be triggering Psoriasis Flare-ups?

1) Eggs may promote inflammation

When it comes to diet and inflammation, eggs are one of the most controversial and complex foods and are the subject of one of the longest-standing debates. Some studies suggest that the vitamin D present in the eggs make them anti-inflammatory while many others suggest that eggs are pro-Inflammatory and can worsen inflammatory diseases.

Grain feed: In theory, eggs may promote inflammation because the chickens consume GMO grains that are high in lectins and are inflammatory.

Antibiotics: Chickens are given routine antibiotics and antibiotics, which then may result in antibiotics residue in the eggs we consume. Potential effects of antibiotic residues on public health may include; antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, teratogenicity, and disturbances in the normal intestinal environment. [3]

2) Eggs are acid forming

It is believed that eggs are acid-forming and contributes to body acidity after consumption, therefore they are on the “foods to avoid” list of the alkaline diet. Although, on the pH scale, whole eggs are relatively pH neutral, with a fresh egg having a pH of about 6.0 and increasing to almost neutral pH levels of 6.4 to 6.9 with storage.

If separated, egg white is naturally alkaline and the yolk is more acidic so for people with extreme gastric issues, egg whites could be tolerable but not the yolks, however, it seems to be the opposite for people with autoimmune conditions. According to the Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) egg whites contain a compound called lysozyme that acts as a carrier molecule for other proteins (food proteins, bacterial proteins) to get inside the body and interact with the immune system and are better avoided.

3) Eggs are allergens

It is worth mentioning that eggs are one of the eight major food allergens identified by FALCPA (Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act) account for over 90% of all documented food allergies in the U.S. and represent the foods most likely to result in severe or life-threatening reactions.

Symptoms of Egg allergy usually occur after few minutes to a few hours of eating eggs or foods made with eggs. Signs and symptoms can include skin rashes, hives, nasal congestion, and vomiting or other digestive problems depending on the severity. If you notice your psoriasis is flaring up after consumption of eggs, it is worth consulting your doctor to see if you have an egg allergy.

4) Eggs contain arachidonic acid

Arachidonic acid is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid and can be found mainly in the fatty parts of meats and eggs. While omega-6 fatty acids remain a subject of debate and controversy, past research has shown that by-products of arachidonic acid may play a role in creating psoriatic lesions, however, metabolites derived from Arachidonic acid oxidation do not initiate but contribute to inflammation, so this could be another reason for eggs triggering psoriasis flare-ups for some people. [4][5]

Should you be eating eggs if you have psoriasis?

If you are experiencing aggressive flareups, It is worth eliminating eggs for a period of one month and see if your skin improves. You can reintroduce eggs after your skin is cleared by keeping in mind that preparation methods also make a difference. There have been reports about well-fried eggs and raw egg yolks triggering flare-ups but not hard-boiled eggs or scrambled eggs. So it is possible that differently cooked eggs can affect your psoriasis differently, therefore, be aware and keep these points in mind in order to establish your triggers accurately.

If you are NOT sensitive to eggs or do not have allergies, there is no reason to avoid eggs. If you choose to consume eggs then a safer choice would be certified organic eggs because Organic egg production means;

  • the poultry is fed organic feed,
  • the laying hens must have access to the outdoors and cannot be raised in cages
  • only natural moulting can occur within the flock; forced moulting is not allowed
  • Organic certification also requires the maintenance of basic animal welfare standards. [6]

References:

[1] Réhault-Godbert, Sophie et al. “The Golden Egg: Nutritional Value, Bioactivities, and Emerging Benefits for Human Health.” Nutrients vol. 11,3 684. 22 Mar. 2019, doi:10.3390/nu11030684

[2] Afifi, Ladan et al. “Dietary Behaviors in Psoriasis: Patient-Reported Outcomes from a U.S. National Survey.” Dermatology and therapy vol. 7,2 (2017): 227-242. doi:10.1007/s13555-017-0183-4

[3] Beyene T (2016) Veterinary Drug Residues in Food-animal Products: Its Risk Factors and Potential Effects on Public Health. J Veterinar Sci Technol 7: 285. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000285

[4] Tallima, Hatem, and Rashika El Ridi. “Arachidonic acid: Physiological roles and potential health benefits – A review.” Journal of advanced research vol. 11 33-41. 24 Nov. 2017, doi:10.1016/j.jare.2017.11.004

[5] Mysliwiec, Hanna et al. “Abnormal serum fatty acid profile in psoriatic arthritis.” Archives of medical science : AMS vol. 15,6 (2019): 1407-1414. doi:10.5114/aoms.2019.89451

[6] “Organic egg production.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 27 Nov. 2020. Web. 4 May. 2021.

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