Aside from using natural oils to protect your skin from the sun, people who follow natural diets swear that eating certain foods can go some way to protecting your skin.
Some foods can give you natural sun blocking antioxidants. Foods with carotenoids the compounds that give foods their vibrant colour from the green leafy vegetables also act as natural sunscreens to the plants and can also offer us humans the same benefit.
Here is a list of the foods that protect your skin from the sun:
- Beta-carotene – Sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens and most yellow/orange veggies
- Lycopene – Tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, pink guava, pink grapefruit, persimmons, red cabbage
- Lutein – Spinach, kale, peas, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, broccoli
- Epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC) and polyphenols –Green and black tea, rosemary, thyme, oregano, garlic, cocoa. Study found that people who drink one cup of tea per day have a lower incidence of melanoma.
- Flavonoids -Citrus, especially citrus peel
- Proanthocyanadins – Cacao, grape seeds
- Cruciferous veggies – Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale
- Vitamin C – citrus, strawberries, kiwi, peppers(capsicum). Vitamin C is great for helping kill off free radicals that your body produces in response to the cellular damaged caused by exposure to sunlight.
- Astaxanthin – microalgae (Haematococcus pluvialis), wild salmon, krill and shellfish. This antioxidant comes from the algae protecting itself against UV rays once its natural habitat has dried up and it is able to cope with direct sunlight.
- Other foods that may offer protection against sun damage and reduces the risk of skin cancer are olive oil, omega 3 fatty acids and nuts and seeds due to their vitamin E.
story source: Reboot with Joe
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