Can You Protect Skin Cells from Skin Cancer?

Milk ThistleHealthy skin plays a major role in looking fabulous, with photoaging caused by sun damage along with skin cancer prevention being keys to skin health. Recent research on a long used herbal remedy has revealed exciting results in the lab.

A pair of University of Colorado Cancer Center studies published this month show that the milk thistle extract, silibinin, kills skin cells mutated by UVA radiation and protects against damage by UVB radiation — thus protecting against UV-induced skin cancer and photo-aging.

These are interesting results finding silibinin to get rid of already damaged cells, and prevent further damage. Hmmm….you have my attention!

“The first study, ….published in the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology,… shows that pretreatment with silibinin resulted in higher release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) within the UVA-exposed cells, leading to higher rates of cell death, …..thus removing the mutated cells that can cause skin cancer and photo-aging.

The second study,… by the same authors in the journal Molecular Carcinogenesis shows that instead of beneficially killing cells damaged by UVA radiation, treatment with silibinin protects human skill cells from damage by UVB radiation, which makes up about 5 percent of the sun’s radiation reaching Earth.”

My next thoughts are if you take silibinin supplements, will it only kill skin cancer cells, or other healthy cells as well?  How much silibinin does one need to take and are there side effects? Is milk thistle tea a good source of silibinin? How does silibinin affect other organ systems?

If silibinin via milk thistle tea is a good source of a small amount each day, enough to have preventative and protective effects, would it be a good additional to my daily diet? Lastly, together with topically applied caffeine, do we now have an internal + external approach to preventing skin cancer?


About Candace

Candace Dye is an Apriori Beauty Consultant and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is helping others to uncover and enhance their true inner radiance with tips for health, wellness, skin care and beauty!

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