Friday, March 15, 2013

Protection from sun damage? Nutrients can help...

New research from the UK confirms that supplementation with omega-3s could help to protect against skin cancer.

If those scary skin-cancer TV ads still have you running for cover despite the need for a moderate amount of sunlight exposure for vitamin D production, then listen up. Skin cancer isn't just about sun exposure, nor is it's prevention just about staying out of the sun or slathering on the sunscreen.

Readers of previous posts will know how important omega-3s are for the formation of your baby’s brain and eyes and that omega-3s can also help prevent pre-term birth and post-natal depression. You’ll also know something about the best sources of these well-researched, marine-based products and their sustainability or otherwise.

Now the research tells us that omega-3s can also protect against skin cancer! YAY - for years I’ve been saying that the skin-cancer story isn’t a simple equation of too much time in the sun. Now here’s some proof that nutritional status is a fundamental part of that story. Omega-3s, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, trace minerals ... robust, comprehensive, balanced supplementation, but most important of all - an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit, fish, legumes, healthy oils, nuts -  easy on the red meat and dairy. Click on the images for my previous posts on the value of the Mediterranean diet!

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