Pop a pill to protect your skin: Taking omega-3 fish oil supplements could help you stave off skin cancer, according to a new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Researchers from the University of Manchester 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.
What that means: Getting your daily dose could make you more immune to sunlight by decreasing the inflammation happening in your tissue, says lead study author Suzy Pilkington, Ph.D.
But remember, just because a 5-gram dose of omega-3—equivalent to about 1.5 portions of oily fish—offers some protection, it doesn’t mean you should skip the sunblock.
“The doses of exposure we were looking at were very low,” Pilkington says. Chances are you’ll be outside for longer than 15 minutes this spring, so you should still take proper measures to protect yourself from UV-rays, she explains. Save your skin by avoiding The 8 Biggest Sun Protection Mistakes You Can Make.
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