Monday, February 1, 2010

A Nutritional Approach to Sun Protection?

Since we never fail to mention it, we hope that all our patients understand the importance of applying a high-level sunscreen to reduce their exposure to damaging ultraviolet A rays. Some recent news suggests that the Greek-style Mediterranean diet may also play a part in avoiding skin cancer.

Although the Mediterranean region is known for its hot and sunny weather, it’s been found that the area’s population has a relatively low level of skin cancer. This suggests a strong correlation between diet and skin cancer prevention.

What’s in the Mediterranean diet that might influence this? Dietary antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, n-9 monounsaturated fatty acids, and low pro-inflammatory n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids all have protective properties. It appears that these protective properties extend not only to functional issues, such as cardiovascular health, but to the skin’s ability to ward off photo-oxidative radiation from then sun.

More studies are in the works, and we’ll keep you updated with them as we receive them.

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