What Happens When Citrus & Time In the Sun Collide?


Living in a complicated world gives us lots of information and opportunities, and sometimes a few challenges, like recent citrus and melanoma research.

EasyHealthOptions’ citrus and melanoma story looks at Brown University medical researchers who started with the premise that citrus, such as oranges and grapefruit, contains chemicals called furocoumarins that may interact with sunlight to increase the risk for melanoma, the most dangerous skin cancer.

Studying 100,000 Americans, they found those who ate oranges and grapefruits and their juices had a 36 percent higher chance of melanoma.

Of course, the story does not end there.

EasyHealth Options notes the valuable amount of vitamin C in citrus and suggests  it should NOT be dropped from diets. But rather, it might be advisable to avoid citrus on days where there will be a lot of time in the sun. They advise moderation and note other researchers also recommend blueberries, berries and pears to help fight skin cancer.

There is sure to be more research, comment, questions, and directions on this subject.

Where do health research questions leave us?

I think this story is like so many others that we run into, as we become frontline protectors for our health and our family’s. When there are serious questions, we all need to see our physician first and ask questions. Our health is vital and the choices are very individual.

What We Can Do

We can stay informed and try to make the best health decisions every day. This happens when we choose where to shop to get the best, freshest fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken, meats and dairy. Then we keep right on making choices, how to prepare foods, what to serve and what to avoid.

From there we all try to keep everyone happy, helping kids stay involved and active. A big goal can be trying to hang onto the fun and savory flavors in food and drinks while dodging addictive fats and shelf life preservatives in processed foods.

But hey, all of this just makes sense. We all monitor our finances, car safety, environment, and a dozen other issues, and health should be  included.

We can keep reading, listening, watching and asking questions to key in on ongoing health research in a complicated world. The more we know the better we can choose. As always, when questions come up about diet and health issues, the family physician should be consulted first .


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