Nope. Eating raw almonds doesn’t prevent skin cancer. In fact, studies show that raw almonds have the opposite effect.
In one study, researchers found that people who ate raw almonds were less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer.
Another study found that people who ate raw almonds were more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common form of skincancer in the United States.
In a large study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers found that eating raw almonds didn’t prevent skin cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute, in the United States, about 8,550 people will receive a diagnosis of skin cancer this year. Of those, 4,960 of them will receive a diagnosis of SCC.
Almonds and sun damage
Raw almonds contain vitamin E, which is known for its strong antioxidant properties. Antioxidants can help protect your skin from damage caused by the sun.
However, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, vitamin E doesn’t always protect the skin from sun damage.
In fact, one study found that people who ate the most vitamin E had less protection against the sun’s radiation.
According to the World Health Organization, vitamin E can help protect your skin from free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that can damage your cells. They can also cause inflammation.
A second study showed that people who ate the most vitamin E had more free radical damage in their skin.
What to do?
If you’re concerned about your skin’s appearance, you have a few options. You can:
- Eat foods high in antioxidants like tomatoes, blueberries, salmon, and carrots.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Wear a hat with a brim that covers your head and neck.
- Wear protective clothing.
- Use a gentle cleanser with an alcohol-free toner.
- Use a gentle moisturizer after you bathe.
- Use a retinoid cream or ointment such as 0.1 percent tretinoin (Retin-A).
You can also ask your doctor about prescription treatments.
Your doctor may recommend skin cancer treatments such as:
- Photodynamic therapy
- Intense pulsed light therapy
- Narrowband ultraviolet B therapy
- Laser therapy
- Photodynamic therapy with topical fluorouracil
- Photodynamic therapy with topical 5fluorouracil
- Topical interferon
- Photochemotherapy with topical interferon
If you have skin cancer, there’s a high chance that it will return. Regular skin cancer screenings may help you detect it early.
What if you’re not sure what to do?
If you don’t know what your options are, ask a dermatologist for guidance. They can help you understand your options and what treatments work best.
They can also direct you to the best dermatologist for your needs.
Take a few minutes to think about what you want to do. Write down your options and any concerns you have.
You can also get a second opinion from another dermatologist.
Take a break
You don’t have to commit to every treatment option. When you’re ready to move forward, you can take a break and change your mind.
If you plan to get a second opinion, you can do some research on the best places to get a second opinion.
What to eat?
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to try to eat a diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables.
You can eat these foods by themselves or in combination with additional foods.
Some options to consider include:
- Sweet potatoes
You can use the following foods as a base for baked goods:
- Almond butter
- Fat-free Greek yogurt
- Brown rice
- Buckwheat groats
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Seeds such as pumpkin
You can also use the following foods as a base for salad dressings:
- Water chestnuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Green peas
What to wear?
Since skin cancer is more likely in the sun, it’s important to wear clothing with a brim that covers your head and neck.
You can also wear hats and clothing that protects your head and neck.
If you wear a hat, make sure it has a brim that covers your head and your neck.
If you wear a shirt that covers your head and your neck, make sure you wear one that covers your neck and chest too.
If you wear a shirt without a neck opening, get one with a neck opening that covers your whole chest.
This will protect you from being exposed to UV radiation from the sun.
If you have a large amount of body hair, you can use a trimmer to cut your hair.
What to avoid?
A common skin cancer risk factor is spending too much time in the sun. You can help prevent this by avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
You may want to avoid the sun during peak hours when the sun is strongest.
If you can, stay out of direct sunlight, but still stay out of the shade.
If you can, use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
If you go outside, make sure to wear a hat. A brim will help you cover your head and neck.
You can wear a hat with a brim that covers your whole head and neck.
A hat with a brim that covers your chest will also help protect your chest from too much sun exposure.
Other skin cancer prevention tips
Aside from wearing hats, you can wear clothing that protects your head and neck.
You can wear:
- A scarf.
- A hat.
- Light-colored clothing.
- A shirt without sleeves.
Many people, including doctors and nutritionists, recommend that you eat raw almonds. They say that these nuts can help with weight loss and can prevent cancer.
There is no evidence that eating raw almonds prevents skin cancer. In fact, studies show that eating raw almonds can have the opposite effect.
If you have questions about whether you should eat raw almonds, talk to your doctor. They can help you find out if you’re able to eat them safely
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