June is National Outdoors Month and everyone is encouraged to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather this month has to offer. Warm temperatures are beckoning us, daylight hours are extended and the sun is shining. But, we’ve all heard the warnings. The sun can be dangerous. Avoid prolonged exposure. Use sunscreen. Reapply after swimming. If only there was something more you could do to avoid skin cancer. Recent research suggests there is.
A study conducted at the University of Manchester indicates that taking omega-3 supplements may help prevent skin cancer. The study was the first clinical trial to examine the impact of the fish oil on the skin immunity of volunteers. Researchers analyzed the effect of taking omega-3 supplements on 79 healthy volunteers.
Results of the study, funded by the Association for International Cancer Research, found that people who consumed 5 grams of omega-3 a day experienced 50 percent less suppression to their immune system when they were exposed to up to 15 minutes of sun. Specifically, it reduced sunlight-induced suppression of the immune system, known as immunosuppression, which affects the body’s ability to fight skin cancer and infection. The findings were published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in February of 2013.
The findings are important in the battle against skin cancer because previous research has shown that sunscreens are often applied inadequately and only worn at the beach or poolside. However, researchers stressed that omega-3 was not a substitute for sunscreen and physical protection, and that omega-3 should be regarded as an additional small measure to help protect skin from sun damage. Omega-3 has already been shown to have many beneficial health effects such as helping with cardiovascular disease. Taking an omega-3, specifically a krill oil supplement with both Omega-3 and Vitamin D could lead to a wide range of potential health benefits.
According to the CDC, in 2009 (the most recent year numbers are available) 61,646 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, including 35,436 men and 26,210 women. Additionally, 9,199 people in the United States died from melanomas of the skin, including 5,992 men and 3,207 women.
Consider adding an omega-3 supplement to your skincare regimen this summer. Omega Krill from Dr. Newton’s Naturals is made from krill (the most potent form of omega-3s) and harvested from the pristine waters of the Antarctic. It is 300% more effective than fish oil and doesn’t have a fishy aftertaste. So, slather on that sunscreen, start taking krill oil rich in Vitamin D and Omega-3s and get out there to enjoy the sun!