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Dietary intake of vitamin A may prevent skin malignancy

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Those eating foods full of vitamin A also enjoy a reduced risk of squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer. Basal cell is the most common type forming anywhere on the body; while metastasis is rare, 50% of those who are diagnosed go on to experience a recurrence within five years
  • Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and requires early diagnosis and treatment for good results. Dermatologists recommend using a simple strategy to spot melanoma, and to seek immediate medical attention
  • There are two forms of vitamin A: Carotenoids are found in plant material, from which your body must manufacture the bioavailable form. Retinoids are a bioavailable form of vitamin A found in animal sources such as organic, pasture-raised meat and dairy products
  • Benefits from optimal levels of vitamin A obtained from your diet may include support for your immune system, cell differentiation, healthy vision, strong bones and improved neurological function. While supplementation carries risks for many, you may get enough from your diet in animal sources as well as spinach, sweet potatoes, kale and carrots

Your diet has a significant impact on the health of your skin. When it comes to wellness, beauty is more than skin deep. As a general rule, diets that include lots of fresh vegetables and plenty of omega-3 lay the groundwork for a youthful complexion.

However, just as with protecting your overall health, loading up on specific foods to boost your youthful appearance, while still eating some of the most damaging foods, will likely not make a significant impact. For example, those who become resistant to insulin and leptin also realize the effects this has on the aging process. These conditions increase skin changes and your risk of metabolic disease.

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