By now, almost everyone knows that garlic is good for overall health, but did you know that eating garlic may also be good for psoriasis patients? The benefits of garlic for psoriasis patients are linked to the ability of garlic to inhibit the activity of lipoxygenase, an enzyme that is involved in an inflammatory cascade caused by the presence of arachidonic acid. People with inflammatory psoriasis have been reported to have high levels of arachidonic acid in their adipose tissues and skin.
In addition, garlic — especially raw garlic — is a good source of vitamin C: ounce for ounce, raw garlic contains more than five times the amount of vitamin C found in carrots. Crushed garlic also delivers plenty of allicin as well as zinc and selenium. All of these nutrients are known to have strong antioxidant activity. The antioxidants in garlic are good for psoriasis patients due to their ability to reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to skin inflammation in psoriasis patients.