Health & Wellness

The Best 3 Foods to Protect the Skin

By Tawnya Manion | July 23, 2013

Photo: Benson Kua

Photo: Benson Kua

We all apply sunscreen and cover up with big sunglasses and a hat, but did you know that what you eat can protect your skin too? Certain foods’ antioxidants have the ability to protect the epidermis from UV rays; plants produce these natural agents to  protect their own cells from decomposing, and when we consume the same compounds, they safeguard us from premature aging. So it’s imperative when trying to take care of your skin to incorporate foods that contain copious amounts of vitamins and minerals, which will protect the body from the wear and tear of every day life. A little confused on which fare to eat for better defense against  beams? Here are the Top Three Foods that can help protect you from sun damage. 

Photo: ahisgett

Photo: ahisgett

Montemorency Cherries. Juicy and tart cherries possess a high amount of the antioxidant melatonin. This compound protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Researchers have conceived that this nutrient helps repair skin after a sunburn since it stimulates new skin-cell growth and repair. Cherries also contain a substantial amount of vitamin C, which is needed to build collagen and prevent wrinkles.

Crimini Mushrooms. Mushrooms aren’t just meaty additions to vegetarian dishes, they are nutrient bombs, loaded with skin’s biggest protector: selenium. This trace mineral is needed by the body to make the potent antioxidant, glutathione peroxidase, which protects the cells from free radicals that form in the skin during sun exposure. Furthermore, crimini mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, which create youthful-looking surface cells.

Pomegranates. This fruit may not be the easiest to open up and eat, but once you learn how to crack one of these babies open, and experience the bursting of flavor for yourself, you will be looking for all kinds of excuses to throw them in this or that recipe. To make things even better, pomegranates are also good for your skin. According to researchers at University of Wisconsin, “Pomegranates can reduce the ability of UVB radiation to cause cancer-promoting damage in skin cells, including alteration of NF-kappa, a pre-cancerous biomarker”.  And these potent little seeds can easily be added to salads, sauces, dressings, or cereal.

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