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STOP Skin Cancer… WITHOUT Sunscreen?

Skin cancer is a hot topic these days. 

Sunscreen manufacturers and dermatologists claim that the sun is the root of all skin cancer evil—and insist that you slather on sunscreen to protect yourself. 

But forward-thinking organizations like ours (and ones that aren’t bought and paid for by sunscreen companies) know that…  

1). Sunscreen is loaded with harmful toxic chemicals, and  

2). There are better ways to guard against skin cancer. 

In fact, scientists have just found out a key way to dramatically lower your risk of developing a common type of skin cancer.  

And it has nothing to do with sunscreen! 

We’ve all been ingrained by the cosmetics industry to think that the only way to protect your skin is to slather on a cream—but that’s because they make and sell creams! 

In reality, the best skin protection you could provide for yourself comes from what you put IN your body… not what you put ON your body. 

And this study from the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology is the perfect example of that.  

Researchers used data from two large, well-known studies: the Nurse’s Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Together, they include over 170,000 individuals. 

They wanted to see what impact (if any) diet had on skin cancer. More specifically, they evaluated their intake of vitamin A, a nutrient known for its skin-health benefits. 

They divided the individuals into five groups, from highest vitamin A intake to lowest, and they found that people who had the highest intake of vitamin A had a 17% lower risk of developing skin cancer than those in the lowest intake category. 

So how much vitamin A food does that amount to? 

The highest intake category amounted to one medium sweet potato or two large carrots daily. 

The lowest category amounted to about 1/3 cup of sweet potato fries or one small carrot. 

The results also showed that most of the vitamin A came from plant-based foods (as opposed to animal-based foods or even supplements). 

Foods high in vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens, apricots, and cantaloupe.  

Of course, the animal sources are good for you, too. And include milk, some types of fish, and liver. 

Other nutrients similar to vitamin A (like lycopene) were also found to have a protective effect against skin cancer. This “red” nutrient is found in red foods like watermelon and tomatoes.