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Yay Vitamin A!

We all know how good vitamins are for you but what’s even better is if they can actually help you live longer. According to a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, Dermatology, researchers found that people who consumed more Vitamin A were 17% less likely to develop skin cancer. Vitamin A plays a vital role in the healthy development and growth of our skin cells and previous research has never been able to effectively prove a link to the amounts of Vitamin A we consume and the rate of skin cancer.

Researchers followed 51 529 US men from 1986 to 2012 and 121 700 US women between 1984 and 2012 and analyzed the data looking at the diet and skin cancer results of the participants. Around 123 000 participants of the total study were white which increased the risk of developing skin cancer with none having a prior history of cancer. Researchers also considered factors like family history, exposure to the sun during their lifetime and their hair color.

Participants were grouped into five categories according to their Vitamin A intake levels and researchers found that people who consumed the highest amounts of Vitamin A were 17% less likely to get skin cancer.

The majority of Vitamin A we get should primarily come from fruit and vegetables that we include in our daily diets rather than from supplements.