Protect your skin from sun damage

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What if I told you, that you can protect your skin from sun damage through your diet? Let me introduce you to these powerful foods that have been shown to increase the skin's ability to protect against UV damage. Can you guess the sunblocking secret? Antioxidants!

Just to be clear - I’m not saying you should replace your sunscreen with food, but what you eat can offer additional protection for your skin from harmful UV rays.

BERRIES: Strawberries, blue berries and cherries contain high levels of vitamin C, which can reduce free radical damage caused by exposure to UV radiation. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, important for skin’s youthful appearance. (BONUS: Cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage.)

GREENS: If it’s green and leaf-like it’s also good for sun protection. Spinach, kale, collard greens, swiss chard and fresh herbs like parsley, basil, sage, and rosemary are packed with our free-radical fighting and skin-protecting antioxidants.

WATERMELON: Lycopene is a red carotenoid which protects the skin against sunburn - It is at least twice as effective an antioxidant as betacarotene to block UV light. 

CARROTS: Carrots have betacarotene, another antioxidant that has natural sunscreen properties. Other betacarotene rich foods include sweet potatoes, apricots, squash, pumpkins and mango.

MICRO-ALGAE: Chlorella and spirulina, contain a carotenoid called Astaxanthin. It is more than 500 times powerful than Vitamin E, and it has been shown to protect the skin and eyes against Ultraviolet radiation

CHOCOLATE: (80% AND UP) Flavanoids found in dark chocolate may improve the skin’s ability protect against some types of skin damage, including UV-induced issues like sun burns. 

Bon Appétit!

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