The most common form of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma. This form of cancer usually does not progress to metastatic tumors inside the body, but it can cause pain and disfigurement if it is not treated by a doctor.
The risk of developing basal cell carcinoma increases when you get sunburn. The risk of sunburn is lower if you get extra mixed carotenoids (the plant chemicals alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin) for about a month before you are exposed to summer sun.
There are few places on earth with hotter or brighter summer sun than the shores of the Dead Sea, lying between Israel and Jordan. Israeli research scientists recruited 20 women under the age of 30 to take either beta-carotene or a placebo for 30 days and then to don bikinis (in the name of scientific research, of course) on a private beach on the Israeli side of the Dead Sea for an hour a day for 13 days.
Even with sunscreen, the women who got the beta-carotene had less redness and irritation. They had greater protection against the kinds of reactions to the sun that lead to basal cell carcinoma.
You can get the same kind of skin protection from freshly squeezed carrot juice. It's a lot easier to make carrot juice if you have a macerating juicer.
You need about 320 ml, or 1-1/3 cups, of fresh carrot juice to get the same amount of beta-carotene as was provided to the women in the Dead Sea test. Sweet peppers, kale, and spinach also provide large amounts of mixed carotenoids. Sweet peppers, especially red Bell peppers, contain even more beta-carotene than carrots. Add these vegetables when you want a different flavor.
That's all the juicing you need to do for basal cell carcinoma prevention. Many “experts” recommend carrot juice for kinds of cancer that it does not really treat, but carrot juice can be exactly the right food food for reducing the risk of basal cell carcinoma.
If you would like to add supplements to your skin care program, take:
- N-acetyl cysteine (NAC): 400 milligrams per day during the summer. The other supplements on this list should be taken all year round.
- R-lipoic acid with biotin, 100 mg per day.
- Selenium: 200 micrograms per day.
- Vitamin C: 1,000 mg per day.
- Vitamin E: 400 IU per day.
And don't forget both to use sunscreen for skin protection and to take vitamin D (up to 2,000 IU per day) to compensate for lost vitamin D production.