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Harvard Medical School research indicates that consumption of the antioxidant lutein, found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, protects the skin against some of the damaging effects of the sun. "Lutein has been widely recognized for its eye health benefits for several years, but our data is the first of its kind to suggest that lutein may have the potential to act as a preventative agent against UVB-induced skin cancer," said Salvador Gonzales, MD., Ph.D., leader of the research team. "In addition, this data suggests that lutein protects the skin against damage caused by exposure to the UVB light, further validating our position that lutein is a critical component to overall skin health."