Is Anxiety Like OCD and Psoriasis Related?

Psoriasis as well as OCD which is a form of anxiety are both caused by excessive chronic inflammation.

Sure! Those health problems are related!

Even though OCD is considered to be a only a low serotonin issue and psoriasis the dysfunction of immune system both of those theories are wrong as they can be.

Low Tryptophan Diet May Work for Psoriasis

The idea of low tryptophan diet as psoriasis cure exists for about 48 years. All that begun in 1967 when two doctors – Harry Spiera, MD and Albert M. Lefkovits, MD from New York published their paper “REMISSION OF PSORIASIS WITH LOW DIETARY TRYPTOPHAN” in one of the most popular medical journals The Lancet.

They reported that 3 out of 4 long-standing psoriasis patients completely cleared up their skin on low tryptophan diet and even the fourth patient improved.

The question is how does the tryptophan affect the pathogenesis of psoriasis?

The usual answer given on forums and websites is that tryptophan is an essential amino acid needed for cell division and if the intake is low then psoriasis disappear.

What is my opinion about that?

First, I don’t think that low tryptophan diet is generally good for people with psoriasis.

For some it might be an answer if there was some genetic mutation (similar to phenylketonuria – inability to metabolize essential amino acid phenylalanine) which would cause some problems in presence of higher intake of tryptophan but recommending low tryptophan diet for everybody with psoriasis is not good.


Turkey is blamed for drowsiness after eating allegedly due to its high tryptophan content. The truth is that turkey meat contains the levels of tryptophan similar to other meats – chicken, pork and beef.

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