Vitamin A ‘Could Prevent Skin Cancer’ Say Experts

by drsjbecker on March 18, 2012

Taking daily vitamin A supplements could protect against deadly melanoma skin cancer, scientists claim. According to researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, a compound found in vitamin A, (Retinol), is vital for protecting against skin cancer.

Retinol is part of a family of chemical compounds known as retinoids and penetrates the outer layers of the skin and repairs damage to the lower layers, where collagen and elastin are found. Acid found in Retinol, encourages skin cells to function normally and increases regular cell renewal. It is also widely praised for its anti-ageing properties.

Expert dermatologists analysed the skin cancer risk in 69,635 men and women aged between 50 and 76 who took a daily vitamin A supplement, either through a pill form or as food supplements.

The Huffington Post ( -by Kyrsty Hazell – (Friday, March 2, 2012)


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