Natural supplement that gives yellow or orange food can help prevent of skin cancer reports the EurekAlert website, referring to the US study.
Anatole ingredient that is derived from the annatto plant was used by the ancient Maya as body paint. Today, annatto is widely used in the food industry as an additive, it gives the characteristic color of products such as butter, margarine or cheddar cheese.
In a study with mice University of Arizona found that the compound in the additive annatto, known as Bixa orellana, preventing the formation of cancerous cells and protects against skin damage from ultraviolet radiation.
The compound does not destroy cancer cells but first stops for their formation, the researchers explain.
“bixina Unit serve as an internal protection against UV rays by activating the mechanisms of protecting cells against the action of carcinogens. The discovery is unique because it is a dietary supplement, not a product sunscreen, “the researchers wrote in the journal. “Free Radical Biology and Medicine”.