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Dry, Flaky Skin & Psoriasis

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Recalcitrant, chronic, dry and flaky skin could involve a number of skin disorder types. These include psoriasis purulenta, erythema nodosum, allergic dermatitis, eczema and others.  

An interesting study came out of Japan some years ago found significant improvement of these conditions within a months' time. The researchers enrolled more patients with serious skin diseases into the study to investigate whether there was a correlation between the high-polyphenol olive juice extract and improved skin health.


To be clear, this is olive juice, not oil. When olives are pressed to make olive oil, a certain amount of water comes out as a byproduct.

The "waste waters" from olive oil production are rich in natural antioxidants, particulary with respect to hydroxytyrosol. Hydroxytyrosol is a phenolic compound which inhibits inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and

cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) under adverse conditions and can significantly reduce free-radical formation without any toxic effects.

A few years ago, Japanese cardiologist Dr. Fujio Numano was researching whether olive juice supplementation provided any cardiovascular benefits, upon which he made an accidental discovery. A marked improvement in the skin of heart patients who also had psoriasis. 

Anecdotal and well as clinical research data show that hydroxytyrosol benefits those with a variety of skin disorders. Psoriasis is a type of skin disease in which the growth cycle of cells is abnormally sped up.

Normally skin cells require approximately 30 days before they naturally shed (through apoptosis). Psoriatic skin cells are made so quickly it takes a mere 3 to 4 days and normal apoptosis or shedding is not regulated properly. Psoriatic skin cells are then piled up like too much cement and become inflammed, forming plaques or lesions on the skin.

Hydroxytyrosol possess a special ability to hydrate dry, flaky skin and should be tried for any stubborn dry skin condtion that presents a challenge.

A company called CreAgri produces their own extractof hydroxytyrosol known as Hidrox. They claim it to be the polyphenol extract with the highest free radical protection ever reported for anantioxidant compound.

Positive results have been reported with oral and topical use.

I am asked frequently about stubborn dry skin and scalp conditions that have been a real mystery. I usually recommend abstaining from milk and wheat/gluten products for at least a month to discover if an allergy to either of these exists.

Sometimes psoriasis can manifest from a result of a cholecystectomy procedure. Not having a gallbladder can cause a serious shortage of bile flow, increasing the possibility that pathogens will be eliminated through the skin. 

The skin of the human body is the largest organ for elimination of toxic substances. Bile acids naturally coat pathogens preventing their absorption into the bloodstream.

Other than pathogens, other toxic substances, including excess estrogens, bacterial endotoxins and viral solvents are rendered harmless if sufficient bile exists. If you suspect problems with bile flow, have gallbladder trouble, or have already had a cholecystectomy, be sure to supplement with bile acid salts.

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