Natural Sunscreen you can eat? It’s true! There are foods that we can eat that produce a natural sunscreen protecting our skin from the inside out. Check these out:
Green and black teas are rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are one of the most powerful botanical antioxidants known today. Protects against free radical exposure which is to blame for 80% of skin aging. According to a study, drinking two or more cups of either black or green tea reduces the risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer by 30%.
Micro-algae like chlorella and spirulina contain a carotenoid called Astaxanthin. It is 550 times more powerful than Vitamin E, and it has been shown to protect the skin and eyes against Ultraviolet radiation.
Tocotrienols are a group of compounds belonging to the Vitamin E family. 30-60 more powerful than tocopherols, they neutralize free radical activity at a much faster rate. Tocotrienols are capable of reducing/absorbing penetration of UV radiation. Barley, rye, oats, and palm oil are natural, rich sources of Tocotrienols.
Lycopene is a red carotenoid that protects the skin against sunburn and skin cancer. It is at least twice as effective as beta carotene in blocking UV light (has an SPF of about 3). Foods high in lycopene include watermelon (Is the highest in Lycopene, 40% more than tomatoes), tomatoes, papaya, pink guava, red bell peppers and pink grapefruit.
Carotenoids are antioxidants that reduce the negative effects of UVB radiation. Green leafy vegetables are rich in oxygenated carotenoid compounds known as xanthophylls. Carotenes are unoxygenated carotenoid compounds providing the color to fruits and vegetables. This pigment acts as the plants natural sunscreen and it activates melanin. Foods containing high concentrations of carotenes are: apricots, papaya, mango, carrots, sweet potatoes and beets.
Dark Chocolate (I saved best for last) contains 4 times as much phenols and catechins as tea. These antioxidants protect our skin from sunburn and skin cancer. This isn’t milk chocolate; you want chocolate that has not had milk added as it interferes with the absorption of the antioxidants. Recommended dose: 2 ounces of dark chocolate daily.
So be sure to eat your veggies of all colors, Whole grains and….Chocolate too
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