Mediterranean diet may contribute to lower rates of melanoma

Dr Niva Shapira (PhD), a researcher from Tel Aviv who presented study findings at the International Congress of Dietetics in Sydney, said the Mediterranean diet could play a role in contributing to Greece’s low rate of melanoma compared to Europe and other sunny countries such as Australia.

Dr Shapira studied two groups of women exposed to the sun for 4–6 hours a day over two weeks, with one group drinking an antioxidant-enriched beverage and the other drinking water or soft drinks. Levels of malondialdehyde, an indicator of oxidative stress in the body linked to