Researchers at the University of Leicester Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology in Portugal have recently found a strong link between vitamin C and skin cancer. In an earlier study, the Portuguese researchers had found that DNA repair is upregulated in people consuming vitamin C supplements.
Their most recent study found that “vitamin C may improve wound healing by stimulating quiescent fibroblasts to divide and by promoting their migration into the wounded area,” according to Dr. Marcus S. Cooke. By increasing improving the capacity of fibroblasts to repair potentially mutagenic DNA lesions, vitamin C may also protect skin against negative effects of the environment, including oxidation.
Not only did the study find that vitamin C is beneficial in protecting the skin against disease, it linked the advantages of the vitamin to the cosmetics industry. Since vitamin C is an antioxidant, it will counter damaging free radicals that are associated with premature skin aging. Not only will vitamin C eliminate these free radicals, they will remove and DNA damage formed if they advance beyond the cell’s defenses.
Some natural sources for vitamin C include papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries, and oranges. Vitamin C dietary supplements can also be taken in place of obtaining the nutrient through food. People who smoke cigarettes are also at a higher risk of having a vitamin C deficiency.
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