Nutrition and Supplements for Skin Cancer Prevention
Any complete program for cancer prevention will address nutrition and supplements. The old adage "you are what you eat" most certainly applies here, because what you put in to your body is what your cells are built from, and for optimal function and health you want to be sure you are eating clean and including plenty of quality foods.
Foods and nutrients to focus on include:
- Omega 3 fatty acids from fish (salmon, trout, sardines, and mackerel)
- Fruits, especially citrus and berries increase Vitamin C levels which create cancer- fighting antioxidants
- Vegetables, especially cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and spinach all contribute to fighting melanoma
- Superfoods such as acerola cherries, gogi berries, and dark chocolate are amazing sources of nutrients and antioxidants.
Foods to avoid: It is wise to cut back on processed foods containing added sugars and hydrogenated oils that contribute to systemic inflammation.
Supplements to consider:
- A Vitamin C or antioxidant supplement such as Recellergy provides 1000mg of Vitamin c to help provide protection at the cellular level. We love Recellergy at AM because the Vitamin C is encapsulated in lipids that help deliver the vitamin C directly to cells. $43.50 for 30 day supply.
- Vitamin D may also be necessary if you are avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen. Vitamin D is a pre-cursor to many hormones our bodies make and may slow or prevent the growth of cancer. We love Metagenics D3 5000, $24 for 120 caps.
For more information on designing a healthy lifestyle that can help minimize cancer risk, schedule a consultation with Sue Menard, CNP!