Psoriasis – Can it Provide Slower Body Aging?

Psoriasis is a cosmetically devastating disorder which usually manifests on the skin, but sometimes also affects the nails and the joints. In the rarest cases psoriasis may even affect the mucous membranes.

Red lesions covered with abundant silvery scales may appear at any time in a genetically predisposed person, triggered by some unfavorable factor, such as a skin trauma, stress, bad diet, an infection (strep throat, the flu, tooth infection, cholecystitis, sinusitis, otitis, chlamydial infection etc.), and alcohol abuse or even relocating to a place with an unusual climate.

There is not much that we can do for the psoriasis prevention. Of course eliminating the stress and other possible psoriasis triggers will help to a certain extent, but psoriasis may sometimes appear even without any obvious reason.

Do the people with psoriasis and the people genetically predisposed to psoriasis; with the so-called latent psoriasis (without noticeable psoriasis manifestations) possess any benefits when compared to the people without psoriasis?

Even in the absence of any external psoriasis manifestation, i.e. the people with the so-called concealed psoriasis, all people with psoriasis have certain deviations in their blood serum, when compared to the other people.

As I myself have psoriasis for 14 years, I have decided to research whether there may be anything beneficial in these deviations, which I myself possess.

The most notable difference, revealed with a blood analysis, is the 30% higher level of the uric acid in the people with psoriasis when compared to the people without psoriasis.

Uric acid can be found in the blood, brain, sweat, and urine of any human being, but only 5-8% of the total Earth population has a higher level of uric acid in their bodies.

Uric acid is a very powerful natural antioxidant found in humans and animals, similar to caffeine found in some plants, such as coffee, tea and cocoa plants.

Studies on broiler chicks showed that the uric acid may protect birds against the cell damages inflicted by the oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is body cell damage – a result of the cell oxidation by oxygen, which occurs in various normal chemical reactions taking place in the presence of oxygen in our bodies.

For example the leukocytes – white cells of the immune system, which help the body fight bacteria and infection and which participate in various chemical reactions involving the Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), were noted to have lower levels of their oxidative activity in the broiler chicks fed with the purine supplements when compared to the control chicks. And the purine supplements notably increase the uric acid levels in the body.

This shows that higher uric acid concentrations can protect birds from oxidative stress in the body cells, and thus to ensure a slower body tissue aging.

Does uric acid ensure a slower body tissue aging also in the people with psoriasis when compared to the people without psoriasis?

It is merely my hypothesis, but it is an intriguing and exciting hypothesis, grounded by various studies on the uric acid which I have analyzed.