Healthy Foods, Healthy Skin
New research suggests some foods have the power to guard skin from the damage caused by the sun's UV radiation. While a salad is no substitute for sunblock, these healthy foods could add inner protection against sunburn and wrinkles at the cellular level.
By Neil Wertheimer
Citrus fruits have the
potent ingredient limonene, associated with a whopping 34 percent lower
risk of skin cancer in one University of Arizona study of 470 women and
This delicately flavored tea is full of
antioxidants called EGCGs. Among their health-promoting capabilities:
EGCGs stopped genetic damage in human skin cells exposed to UV light in
one University of Wisconsin study.
Carrots—or any other red, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables—are packed with carotenoids, and studies show they reduce sunburn intensity.
Like carrots, red peppers are also especially helpful in reducing sunburn intensity.
Leafy greens, like dark green lettuce, spinach, kale, and Swiss chard, are top sources of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which halted cell growth prompted by UV light in animal studies.
This fish is a great source of oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids. In a
small British study, fish oils guarded against sunburn and DNA changes
that can lead to cancer.
Like salmon, walnuts are high is essential fatty acids that could guard against sunburn.
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