Eat your way to sun protection

11 August 2016

Eat your way to sun protection

We all know just how important sunscreen is. Not only does it prevent you from getting painful sunburn, it also protects your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. While you should be applying SPF every day, regardless of the weather there’s another way you can top up your protection. Read on for the best foods to eat for optimum sun protection.


·         Brazil nuts

The selenium found in Brazil nuts helps provide protection against oxidative damage. Foods containing over 10 per cent of the recommended daily value of selenium are considered an excellent source of protection. Just eight nuts provide a whopping 777 per cent of the RDV, making Brazil nuts a wise choice when it comes to sun protection.


·         Citrus fruit

Reduce your risk of skin cancer by eating the peel of citrus fruits. A study at the University of Arizona found that there was a direct correlation between the consumption of citrus fruit peel and the reduction of skin cancer.


·         Green tea

Over exposure to the sun doesn’t just cause sunburn and increase your risk of skin cancer; it can also lead to premature ageing. Drinking green tea regularly can help to protect against skin-damaging free radicals, keeping you looking younger for longer.


·         Leafy greens

Dark leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and Swiss chard are rich in the antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein – both found to protect your eyes and retina against damage. A study of 1,000 adults in Australia also found that just three servings of these wonder vegetables each day can reduce the risk of skin cancer by up to 55 per cent.


·         Orange food

Sweet potatoes, oranges and carrots all contain high levels of beta-carotene, which helps with skin cell development and keeps your skin toned and firm. As well as having Anti-Ageing benefits, beta-carotene also helps to reduce the intensity of sunburn, minimising skin damage.


·         Red food

You’ll also benefit from the antioxidant lycopene, found in watermelon, pomegranates and tomatoes. If you’re prone to burning quickly in the sun, experts recommend topping up your sun protection with these foods to keep you burn-free for longer.


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