Australia is the world’s leader when it comes to skin cancer diagnoses. We are a very sunny country and we enjoy a lot of outdoor activities such as swimming and weekend barbeques. When once being sunburnt or tanned was like a trophy, the last 20 years or so has seen a cultural shift towards sun safety. Could we also be protecting ourselves through our diet?
Sue Dunlevy from the News Corp Australia Network reported on the discovery on the 22nd of October, 2015:
Vitamin B3 found in Vegemite and beer can slash the risk of skin cancer by 23 per cent a groundbreaking study at Sydney University has found… A trial in more than 380 patients at high risk of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma has found a high dose vitamin B3 pill taken twice a day reduced the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types of skin cancers. Patients with fair skin, a family history of skin cancer, those who spend time outdoors or who have had skin cancer before are considered high risk.
How does it work?
Author of the study Professor Diona Damian states:
The vitamin works like ‘Powerade for the skin’ by restoring cellular energy in skin cells damaged by the sun, it enhances the repair of DNA in skin cells and protects the skin’s immune system from UV radiation…
The effect lasts for three months after the preventative therapy was ceased.
Some Australian’s might be rejoicing, but they are going to have to consume a lot of Vegemite to get the same daily values as seen in the trial. The amount of beer needed to equal the same dose of vitamin B3 is unknown, and we do not recommended consuming excessive amounts of alcohol.
If skin cancer is a concern for you always consult your local doctor or Dermatologist. To make an appointment for a skincare assessment, contact us today!