Top 5 Foods That Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
Summer is right around the corner, consuming a healthy diet full of natural sun blocking antioxidants is a useful strategy to ensure your body has the best defense against skin cancer. Here are the top 5 most powerful UV-blockers in your kitchen.
Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals produced from too much sun and minimizes any inflammatory response to UV damage by your body. Cooked tomatoes have higher levels of lycopene, and studies have shown that a few tablespoons of tomato paste a day provided "significant protection" from sun damage.
Have you heard the news? One serving of guava contains about five times the amount of vitamin C, a skin-healing antioxidant, as a medium orange. The vitamin C in guava acts like a natural sunscreen protecting your skin from within. Heat and cooking in water can destroy some of the vitamin C content, so raw foods are best.
Avocados are one of the best sources of vitamin E, the most oft-associated vitamins with skincare, which has been shown to protect against UV damage and the wrinkle-causing breakdown of collagen. Add the avocado smoothie to your morning rotation for a healthier glow all summer long.
Salmon is a great way to load your diet with omega-3 fatty acids. Especially because a study found that fish rich in omega-3s can help protect cells from free radical damage (like that caused by the sun) and may help prevent some types of skin cancer. Quite an impressive fish!
Green tea is rich in EGCG, which plays an important role in reducing skin damage from UV light and protecting against the decrease of collagen. As you are well aware of the health benefits of green tea, let’s switch from coffee to great tea for a week and see how it goes!
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