Fruits, Vegetables, and Skin Cancer
There is a whole new reason to eat your fruits and vegetables, and it stems from the possible prevention of melanoma. Melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer that generally begins to develop in the melanocytes, which are cells that are used by the body to produce pigment. When identified and treated at an early stage melanoma can be relatively easy to recover from, but once it begins to grow and spread through the body the prognosis can be unfavorable. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer; however it isn’t the most common.
There are a number of treatments for melanoma, but without a doubt the best way to help with melanoma is to take the steps to actively prevent it. This means using sunscreen and not sunbathing or tanning ever day. Diet is important for most aspects of health, and recent research has shown that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may help to reduce the development and spread of cancer cells.
Gossypin can be found in many fruits and vegetables, and it can provide the body with significant support in the fight against melanoma. A study tested the effect fruits and vegetables had on human melanoma cells in a lab. Gossypin clearly helped to reduce the spread of melanoma cells. In further studies conducted on mice, gossypin helps to improve the survival rate by working to reduce the size of cancerous tumors.
As you seek golden brown skin through sunbathing and tanning you are also putting yourself on a fast track for skin cancer. To help reduce your risk of skin cancer you should be sure to provide yourself with the beneficial gossypin through the consumption of fruits and vegetables.