The Holy Grail of Skin Cancer Prevention

Milk thistle skin cancer prevention

You might not believe it from the weather in recent weeks, but it’s almost time to step back onto the golf course, beach, or into the garden. And while sunshine in moderation is very good for you, extreme exposure can lead to concerns. Like a higher risk of UV-induced skin cancer.

Not to worry. New research shows that protection may come in the form of a flower extract.

Dr. Rajesh Agarwal from the University of Colorado has spent the past 20 years studying the effects of this compound. And with great success. In two separate studies he found the compound protects against certain forms of skin cancer.

In the first study published in the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology, Dr. Agarwal and his team treated UVA-affected cells with the compound.1 UVA radiation makes up 95 percent of the sun’s radiation.

When researchers exposed the damaged cells to the compound, the rate at which the cells died increased significantly. When damaged cells die, the risk of cancer goes down.

“When you have a cell affected by UV radiation, you either want to repair it or kill it so that it cannot go on to cause cancer,” said Dr. Agarwal.

Researchers also found that the compound only killed the mutated cells. It left healthy cells intact, meaning it’s not toxic. You can’t say the same about other treatments like radiation and chemo.2 And surgery can be painful and leave scars.

That’s what makes this breakthrough so important. Especially since skin cancer is the most common form of cancer today.

So what extract has Dr. Agarwal spent so much time studying to keep your skin cancer-free?

Milk thistle.

In Dr. Agarwal’s second study, he found milk thistle reversed DNA damage caused by UVB radiation.3 Specifically, it protected and repaired skin cells.

Milk thistle works on both fronts in protecting skin. With UVA, it kills; with UVB, it protects.

It is proving to offer complete UV protection.

Milk thistle may sound familiar. We recently reported that it provides protection against lung cancer.4 It has a long list of benefits… It protects the liver, lowers cholesterol, and5 also helps treat indigestion and gallbladder disorders.6 And if that wasn’t enough… It has been used to reduce breast, cervical, and prostate cancer cell growth.7

Milk thistle is part of the daisy family, native to the Mediterranean region. It’s been used for thousands of years to treat ailments. Modern research just keeps on proving why.

“We first noticed its effectiveness in treating both skin and solid cancers,” said Dr. Agarwal. “And we now have a much more complete picture of the mechanisms that allow this compound to work.”

Dr. Agarwal plans to continue his 20 years of research on milk thistle. He wants to move on to human trials.

In the meantime, you can get out and enjoy some extra rays with this herb on your side.

You can buy milk thistle extract at any local health food store. It comes in capsule, powder, or liquid form. Look for a standardized extract between 70%-80%. Avoid tea preparations though. It isn’t therapeutic because milk thistle doesn’t dissolve well in water.8

Milk thistle is also known as holy thistle. And it is definitely living up to the name.

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Health Topic: Anti-Aging | Cancer | Skin Cancer | Skincare


  1. Linda says:

    I enjoy reading many of your articles…However, I find it very frustrating when only a video is available and I would like to know the information but do not have time to listen to a video that takes forever to get to the point…Many of your readers, I am sure, do not need to be read to…They have a wealth of knowledge on many of these topics and only need to glean through articles to pick up any new information…Kindly make all articles available in printed format ..Thank you..Linda Sage

  2. Beeg says:

    Thanks, Linda, I, too feel the same way about being read to by the narrator. I don’t have half an hour or more to sit and listen, and just want to cut to the chase and see the information and read it.

  3. Gene says:

    Will this milk thistle treatment work for people with stage IV melanoma?

    Thanks, Gene

  4. Roger Lyngholm says:

    Dr. Agarwal from the Univ. of Colorado no doubt has benefited from the research done by Dr. McCord, also from the Univ. of Colorado. Protandim, an Nrf2 activator (activates the bodies own natural defenses against free radical damage)incorporates milk thistle as one of five all natural ingredients. And yes, it works, as my wife can attest to. Shortly after being diagnosed with subcutaneous melanoma, she began taking Proandim. Rather than the 3 weekly, over 2 to 3 years of UV treatments she was prescribed, three months later they could find no trace of the cancer.

  5. Lin Breece says:

    I totally agree with Linda on the videos! You can’t pause them if the phone rings and you never know how long you must keep listening. They just go on and on and finally tell you what you need to know at the very end, after you have been listening for 20 minutes? Frankly, I have almost stopped following because of this.

    • INH Research says:

      Hi Lin,

      Thank you for your comment and we appreciate you being a reader of INH Health watch!

      We offer a printed version of all of the videos we produce which is available to read upon clicking out of the video pages.

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    • Sherry says:

      I too have complained about the video messages that go on and on. Get to the point! I can do that now by reading the information at the end of the printed article.

  6. Mavis Skradski says:

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. Energy from the sun actually is a form of radiation. It consists of visible light and other rays that people can’t see. Invisible infrared radiation, for instance, makes sunlight feel hot. UV also is invisible, and causes sunburn and sun tan. UV rays damage DNA, the genetic material that makes up genes. Genes control the growth and overall health of skin cells. If the genetic damage is severe, a normal skin cell may begin to grow in the uncontrolled, disorderly way of cancer cells. UV also can cause sunburn, and other damage that makes the skin look prematurely old and wrinkled.

  7. ml johnstone says:

    do you have to ingest it or does it work topically?
    btw ,in the early spring in Quebec i used to eat the young shoots, tasted as good as asparagus

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