From a good diet perspective consuming omega-3 fish oils can help to prevent skin cancer!
This study performed by a team of researchers at the University of Manchester and funded by the Association of International Cancer Research study, and published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed that consuming regular doses of fish oils increases immunity to sunlight.
It directly decreases sunlight-induced immunity suppression – called immunosuppression – which affects the body’s power to combat skin cancer and infection.
The study – using human volunteers = each person consumed a 4g dose of omega-3 – approximately one and a half portions of oily fish a day. Then they were exposed to either 8, 15, or 30 minutes of summer midday sun in Manchester using a specific light machine.
A number of other participants took a placebo before being exposed to the sunlight machine.
Immunosuppression was shown to be 50 percent lower in the subjects that took the omega-3 and were exposed to 8 and 15 minutes of sunshine compared with the volunteers who did not take the supplement. Little to no impact on those in the 30 minute group was shown.
Since skin cancer is such a common cancer – wouldn’t this be fabulous if more studies stand up and support this as well. Omega-3 appears to have more benefits than just this!