Psoriasis is classified as an auto-immune illness and is characterized by inflammation affecting the skin, including redness, pain, sometimes localized heat, and, dry and cracked patches of skin. Injury to the skin layers due to scratching is a major catalyst for inflammation. It is therefore very important to keep any excessive and inappropriate inflammatory response to a minimum.
Green Tea is an antioxidant powerhouse that helps neutralize the free radicals that cause swelling and inflammation. Green Tea includes beta carotene, vitamins C and E, and selenium, which can prevent damage to your skin cells. When the inflammatory process persists and becomes chronic, free radicals are permanently produced and have the capacity to cause tissue destruction.
Antioxidants work by significantly slowing or preventing the oxidative – or damage from oxygen – process caused by free radicals that can lead to cell dysfunction and the inflammation that underpins psoriasis. It is the job of these antioxidants to neutralize or ‘mop up free radicals that can harm skin cells. Antioxidants are important for those with psoriasis because they reduce the body’s ability to create unnecessary inflammation.