Tomatoes could protect against sunburn, says expert

08 June 2012

Eating tomatoes could protect the skin from damage caused by the sun. This is based on a study conducted by researchers, who compared the skin condition of 20 women, aged between 21 and 47, to reach their conclusion. Ten of the 20 women were given a mixture containing 55g of ordinary tomato paste and 10g of olive oil they had this every day over a 12-week period. The other ten women ate olive oil only for the same time period.The effects on their skin were compared with the remaining volunteers, aged between 21 and 47, eating just olive oil for the same span of time. Those who ate the diet that was rich in processed tomatoes noticed a reduction in skin redness and skin analysis showed that their skin also suffered less DNA damage from UV rays than those who were given just olive oil. Results showed that the skin of the women given tomato paste had 33 per cent more ability to protect itself against the sun. Professor Mark Birch-Machin, a dermatology scientist at Newcastle University, said: Eating tomatoes will not make you invincible in the sun but it may be a useful addition to sun protection along with sunscreen, shade and clothing. The protective effect of eating tomatoes on our mitochondria is important as they are the energy producers in all our body cells, including skin. Therefore being kind to our mitochondria is likely to contribute to improved skin health, which in turn may have an anti-ageing effect, he added. See original story here: