February 28, 2021 | Categories: Beauty & Skin Care
You and the sun probably have a good relationship, all things considered. True, too much 1:1 personal time can leave your skin red and tender, but add a little sunscreen, a layer of dark long-sleeved clothing and the occasional break in a shady area, and you can avoid the worst of sunburns while still soaking in all that vitamin D goodness.
However, unprotected sun exposure can also cause more serious conditions — which is why skin cancer prevention is so important. Sun safety is a great start, but have you considered that you can protect your skin from the inside out with foods that may prevent skin cancer?
Research shows that eating a diet high in vitamin A-rich foods may help protect against certain forms of skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma. Here’s how to put skin cancer prevention on a plate. (Related: The Sun Protection Guide for Athletes)
Vitamin A comes in two forms: preformed vitamin A (what you might know as retinol or retinyl ester) and provitamin A carotenoids (including beta-carotene, which gives orange foods their color). Preformed vitamin A is found in animal sources including fish, meat (such as liver) and dairy products, while provitamin A is found in plant foods. A review of studies found that retinol was associated with a reduced risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
You’ll find vitamin A in foods like carrots, broccoli, mangoes, watermelon, sweet potatoes, apricots, cantaloupe and spinach. Not only are these fruits and veggies sources of vitamins and minerals, but they are foods that can prevent skin cancer — or at least play a role.
It’s easier than you think to add more vitamin A-rich foods to meals and snacks. Try these ideas:
(P.S. these fruits can have major benefits for your skin.)
As wonderful as vitamin A is, it can’t do all the heavy lifting on its own. Gearing your diet toward preventing skin cancer bring together a whole range of nutrients.
If you’re stuck on where to start, plan your next meal around one of these antioxidant-rich and inflammation-reducing foods:
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