Five foods that provide natural sun protection
FACT: sunscreen is our best friend when it comes to preventing premature skin ageing, sunburn and skin cancer.
But did you know your diet plays an important role in building your body’s defense against sun damage, too? Yes, by adding a number of delicious foods to your diet, you can help fight free radicals, prevent sunburn and even reduce your cancer risk.
So, which foods will naturally help protect you from the harsh Australian sun? We suggest munching on these delectable goodies…
Sun protecting food #1: purple and blue coloured berries
Yes, they’re wonderfully delicious, but blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, black currents, acai berries and elderberries have grand sun protection benefits, too. They all contain a potent purple pigment called anthocyanins, you see, which is one mighty naturally-produced protecting compound. Not only does it help to prevent your skin from getting burnt as easily, but reduces your risk of a number of degenerative and chronic diseases, too.
Sun protecting food #2: red and orange produce
Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables like tomatoes, oranges, apricots and watermelon all contain a natural pigment and antioxidant called lycopene. This goodie aids in protecting the skin against UV-induced skin irritations, while also fighting off free radicals. They also contain beta-carotene, which is rather powerful when it comes to reducing the risk of sunburn and improving the skin’s ability to protect itself from UV rays.
Sun protecting food #3: dark chocolate
Who would’ve thought eating chocolate was actually good for the skin, huh? Thanks to the high concentration of flavonoids in dark chocolate, you can help boost your skin’s ability to protect itself against skin damage like sunburn just by eating the stuff. As an added bonus, said key ingredient in this sweet treat will also boost blood flow and assist skin hydration.
Sun protecting food #4: cruciferous vegetables
Kale, broccoli, radish, cabbage, and cauliflower are all cruciferous vegetables, which are all chock-full of vital antioxidants. Eat them regularly and your skin will be better equipped to fight off free radicals, and your body will be able to build up a defense against cancer in both the skin and organs.
Sun protecting food #5: green tea
We already know green tea is a wonder drink when it comes to aiding weight control and body detoxification, but did you know it also helps to protect your skin cells from UVA and UVB rays? Better yet, green tea is also packed with polyphenols, which can also help prevent cancer from developing by limiting blood supply to cancerous areas.
Important sidenote: just because these foods improve your body's ability to prevent sunburn and sun damage from occuring, it doesn't mean you can skrimp on the ol' SPF. Always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen every day to ensure your skin stays properly protected.
Did you know these foods could help provide your body with natural sun protection? Will you be adding any of these food to your diet to boost your body’s own defense mechanisms?