Study says eating leafy vegetables can help prevent skin cancer

January 9, 2007

Brisbane, Australia - A diet that includes green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, may help prevent skin cancer.

Brisbane, Australia-A diet that includes green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, may help prevent skin cancer.

That’s one finding of a recent study conducted by researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. The study, which involved 1,000 people, concludes that eating at least three servings of leafy vegetables a week reduces the risk of skin cancer by as much as 55 percent.

The study concludes that green, leafy vegetables are good sources of folic acid, vitamins A, C and E, the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, and other components that may help boost the skin’s natural ability to ward-off damage caused by ultraviolet rays.