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Green Superfoods for Healthier Skin

Green Superfoods for Healthier Skin

Ever had a sinister little bump or growth removed from your skin? Eating these might help keep that spot from coming back: leafy greens.

In people with a history of squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer, a diet high in leafy greens was associated with a reduced risk of another round of the disease.

Reducing the rounds
The link between a greens-rich diet and lower squamous cell carcinoma recurrence needs more research, but a study suggested a possible 50 percent risk reduction. Promising news, especially since people who've experienced one growth have a higher risk of getting another. Researchers aren't sure why leafy greens may have an impact, but we already know that the veggies are full of skin-friendly vitamins and nutrients, like lutein and zeaxanthin. Here's another vegetable your skin loves to see in salads.

More ways to keep skin covered
Of course, nothing beats the tried-and-true basics of skin protection, such as wearing sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats, keeping covered, and avoiding the sun during peak hours. But eating more leafy greens certainly couldn't hurt, either.

Medically reviewed in April 2019.

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