Tomatoes May Reduce Skin Cancer
Increasingly, plant compounds (phytochemicals) are being associated with better health, and that includes carotenoids. A recent study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, demonstrates this on research conducted with mice. They found that “tomato consumption can modulate risk for keratinocyte carcinomas.” It is believed that lycopene is the primary carotenoid that produced this result, but other phytochemicals may have a role as well. More research is needed to confirm this in humans, and the exact carotenoid mechanisms, but for now, the advice to eat tomatoes remains strong. Of course, to protect yourself from skin cancer, covering up and/or applying a good sunscreen is still the best first-stage preventative.
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