Simple Trick Cuts Skin Cancer Risk in HALF
Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
Skin cancer treatment is no walk in the park.
The daunting and painful procedures can leave you sick and covered in scars.
And even if you’re lucky enough to get rid of it without some doc hacking you up, you’ll probably spend the rest of your life hiding from the sun and getting constant check-ups.
Your best bet is to never get skin cancer in the first place. Fortunately, researchers from Ohio State just found a dead-simple way to slash your risk in HALF.
And believe it or not, it has nothing to do with sunscreen!
Instead, the research focuses on tomatoes.
Previous studies have shown these tasty red plants can help you fight prostate cancer, shield your brain from Alzheimer’s and even boost your heart health.
Tomatoes can do all of this because they contain special antioxidants called carotenoids.
Recently, researchers wanted to see if these potent molecules had any effect on skin cancer.
For the study, scientists spilt a group of mice into two groups. One ate a diet that included tomato powder and the other didn’t.
At the end of the 35-week trial, the mice were exposed to ultraviolet light (the kind that causes skin cancer).
After close examination, the researchers found that the mice eating the tomato diet had a whopping 50% decrease in skin cancer tumors!
Cutting your skin cancer risk by half and all you have to do is enjoy delicious tomatoes? Sign me up!
Experts report carotenoids are so effective at shielding your body from skin cancer because they deposit in your skin and help stop the negative effects of ultraviolet light.
Of the carotenoids in tomatoes, lycopene seems to have the strongest cancer-fighting effects.
However, researchers report that the specific combination of nutrients found in whole tomatoes is more effective at reducing tumors than lycopene alone.
So be sure to add tomatoes regularly to all of your favorite dishes.
If you’re not a fan of tomatoes… or they just don’t agree with you… a lycopene supplement is probably still worth trying. You can pick one up at any online or brick-and-mortar supplement shop (expect to spend $10-$15 a month).
Managing editor, Living Well Daily
Written By Natalie Moore
Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.
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