Considering the Usefulness of Sun Protection Pills Video

A new front has opened in the war against harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun: Sun protection pills. And it's being led by Heliocare. In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz discusses heliocare and other sun protection/related pills.
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Considering the Usefulness of Sun Protection Pills Hello! I’m Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. It’s very important to distinguish between two different pills that are associated with the sun. The first one is an herbal supplement that actually can help protect you from sun damage and that’s good. The second one is a very, very dangerous pill that’s promoted for sunless tanning and it’s very bad for you. Let me explain. The first of these pills is actually the first oral supplement that I know of that actually can help protect you against ultraviolet sun damage, it’s called Heliocare. It’s been available for about three years and it’s an herbal supplement that comes from the Golden Serpent Fern. It contains a very, very potent antioxidant called Polypodium Leucotomos. Medical studies have been done and have demonstrated a significant decrease in Ultraviolet B damage and sunburn when people take 500mg of this pill a day. Now, to be perfectly clear and the manufacturer stresses this, this pill is not a substitute for topical sun protection. It is a supplement to topical sun protection, so this alone is not going to give you adequate protection but it is going to increase protection against Ultraviolet B and therefore add to your sun protection program. That’s very, very different from the other pill which is called Canthaxanthin. This pill is actually a carotenoid which is related to beta-carotene and it’s promoted to give you a sunless tan but it’s illegal in the United States and the reason that it is, is because it causes liver disease, eye disease and there’s even a case of fatal aplastic anemia that occurred in a patient taking this pill. It works by being absorbed into the body and depositing in the fat. In the fat, it causes a peculiar discoloration that transmits through to the skin as a golden orange color. This golden orange color doesn’t look like a natural tan, it’s not safe and it’s not good for you. So, bear in mind, Heliocare is good and can help you, protect you from sun damage. Canthaxanthin is very bad and don’t ever consider taking that to try to get a tan. Please join me again at dermtv.com. If you have a question, please send it to me by visiting dermtv.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.

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