Vanilla extract may ease or prevent psoriasis



A new mouse study suggests vanillin, artificial vanilla extract, could be used to prevent or diminish psoriatic skin inflammation.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease characterized by outbreaks of red, itchy, and scaly skin patches, most frequently on the elbows, knees or scalp. Some 125 million people worldwide have the disorder. In the United States, there are 6.7 million people with psoriasis, roughly 3.1 percent of the population.

A group of scientists in Taiwan were able to replicate the disorder in a group of mice by exposing their skin to a compound called imiquimod. For seven days, researchers gave the mice oral doses of vanillin. Some mice received larger doses than others.


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