Taking A Daily ETA Supplement May Improve Psoriasis

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, which is a chronic skin disease related to a dysfunctional immune system that causes inflammation in the body. Psoriasis has a higher occurrence among adults between the ages of 45 to 64, and 25-30% of people with psoriasis experience joint inflammation and pain that produces symptoms of arthritis. 

The incidence of and severity of psoriasis can be affected by diet – specifically by fatty acids, and a diet rich in fatty acids can be an essential part of managing the disease. Previous studies have looked at the affect of omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are well-known EFAs that have been found not to have an impact on psoriasis when incorporated into daily diet. But a new recent scientific study involving over 15,000 participants looked at whether or not it may be beneficial for people with psoriasis to take a daily supplement of a lesser-known omega-3 essential fatty acid called eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA). 

ETA performs a very specific two-pronged function in the inflammatory process. First, ETA inhibits a leukotriene called LTB4. Leukotrienes are chemicals that produce inflammatory responses in the body. ETA uses multiple pathways to block the production of inflammatory LTB4. Secondly, ETA also stimulates the production of anti-inflammatory proteins called cytokines. 

In the case of psoriasis specifically, this study found that daily dietary intake of ETA can lower the risk of psoriasis and possibly reduce psoriasis-related inflammation. Therefore, taking ETA supplements or eating foods rich in ETA may benefit psoriasis patients as well as people who have a family history of psoriasis. The challenge is that ETA is much harder to find in nature than other essential fatty acids like EPA and DHA, which are found in most kinds of fish. In fact, one of the only foods ETA is plentiful in is a specific variety of shellfish called the New Zealand Greenlipped Mussel (Perna canaliculus).

If you are not able to find New Zealand Greelipped Mussels to eat, ETA dietary supplements can be an effective alternative. MOBICOSA® is a premium supplement made from just one ingredient - 100% natural New Zealand Greenlipped Mussel. New Zealand Greenlipped Mussel contains naturally occurring ETA, as well as additional omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA, DHA, and ALA that are all known for their anti-inflammatory properties. MOBICOSA® is an excellent choice as a natural anti-inflammatory for conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, and Crohn’s disease. MOBICOSA® is offered exclusively in the United States by New Zealand’s Best.

Zhan J, Tang X, Wang F, Han J. Association Between Daily Dietary Eicosatetraenoic Acid Intake and the Lower Risk of Psoriasis in American Adults. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2021;14:1541-1549

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