Skin is the body’s largest organ, which means diet, nutrients, and proper hydration have a major impact on its appearance. But new research indicates that certain foods may offer benefits beyond aesthetic issues such as wrinkles or skin tone. Specifically, a recent study suggests that a diet rich in tomatoes may lower the risk for skin cancer.
Skin cancer is by far the most common of all cancers. In fact, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined, and one in five Americans will get skin cancer before the age of 70. As such, any discovery which may help reduce these numbers is welcome and important news.
Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the new study found that male mice which ate tomatoes daily – a diet of 10 percent tomato powder over 35 weeks – saw their risk for skin cancer tumors decrease by 50 percent on average as opposed to mice not given the same diet of dehydrated tomatoes.
The researchers theorize that the connection between tomatoes and reduced risk of skin cancer can be found in the carotenoids responsible for tomatoes’ color, specifically, an antioxidant called lycopene. They believe that these compounds may also be able to protect skin from the UV light damage which is a leading contributor to the development of skin cancers.
Supporting this theory is the fact that the study also found that mice fed with tangerine tomatoes, which typically contain less total lycopene than red tomatoes, did not see the same differences in skin cancer tumor rates as did those consuming a red tomato diet.
In many ways, it is unsurprising that an antioxidant may play a beneficial role in protecting us from skin cancer. The anti-inflammatory properties of antioxidants have been proven to provide a wide array of health benefits, including evening out skin tone.
Protecting yourself against skin cancer involves much more than diet, however, including the liberal use of sunscreen and regular screenings for early signs of skin cancer.
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