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How diet helps protect your skin from the sun

Damage from the sun can be lessened if you eat a diet high in antioxidants, here’s what you should know.

Ever wonder about all the years of sun tanning and how it ages your skin? Clinical studies reveal that sunscreen isn’t enough.  The foods you eat can help protect your skin.  Here are some of the ingredients that can help fight off damage from UV rays:


These are pigments found in vegetables and fruit that gives them their color.  Clinical trials have shown that both topical and oral intake of carotenoids reduces damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Beta carotenoids

It is necessary to have a regular intake (about 10 weeks), to obtain benefits from sunburn.  They can be applied topically, but it’s better to obtain them from your diet.  The carotenoids and beta carotenoids are antioxidants, and most antioxidants work better when ingested in combinations, so variety is the key.

Other nutrients

Vitamins E and C, and omega- 3 fatty acids help decrease photo-aging, as well as providing many other health benefits according to Alive magazine.  See This magazine is in print and you can get it at various health stores.  It provides great information about research and nutrition.

The following foods are high in antioxidants and help provide protection for your skin:

  1. Tomatoes (even tomato paste)
  2. peppers
  3. carrots
  4. greens
  5. most fruit and berries
  6. fish
  7. nuts and seeds

Remember ACE in the summer time.  Vitamins A, C, and E may help reduce damage from the sun, but your intake has to be consistent.  Fish oils are suggested and are a healthy choice any time of year. If you don’t eat or like fish you can always take capsules as a supplement.