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Vitamin A Can Save Your Skin

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Recent data demonstrate that those who eat foods rich in vitamin A, the equivalent of two large carrots a day, experience a reduced risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer. Vitamin A affects cell growth and differentiation, which plays a role in the development of cancer
  • Vitamin B3 has been shown to reduce the risk of recurring nonmelanoma skin cancer in those who had at least two skin cancers diagnosed. Vitamin D, produced in your skin with sensible sun exposure, is associated with a reduced risk of several cancers, including melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer
  • Sunburns, especially in youth, are associated with a greater risk of developing skin cancer; however, chemical sunscreens contain many toxic ingredients and may not provide the level of UV protection printed on the label
  • Astaxanthin is a carotenoid produced by microalgae to protect the algae from UV rays of the sun. It may be one of the most potent antioxidants and helps protect your skin against UV light from the inside out, while allowing your skin to produce vitamin D

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer found in the U.S., and the most common of those are basal and squamous cell cancers. Although death from these types is uncommon, the consequences of treatment may be disfiguring.

Despite recommendations for people to stay out of the sun and use sunscreen, current estimates are that the lifetime risk for skin cancer is 20% for Americans. Approximately 9,500 skin cancers are diagnosed every day. But, sensible sun exposure, while taking care to avoid getting burned, is one of the best ways to optimize your vitamin D level.


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