Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Antioxidants and Sun Protection from Inside Out!

A recent review titled "skin protection against UV light by dietary antioxidants"
published in the Food and Function journal shows that antioxidants found in the foods we eat can protect us from the harmful UV light and prevent UV damage from sun exposure. Studies have shown that diets rich in carotenoids provide protection from the harmful UV rays. Additionally, antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E protect us from the damaging UVB and UVA lights. There is a catch however, sun protective benefits were seen only after many weeks of antioxidant rich diet consumption.
So this summer, protect your skin by eating antioxidant rich foods, and incorporate these amazing nutrients into your meals everyday to see the benefits.
Some Foods High in :
Vitamin C
Yellow bell peppers, guavas,  kale, kiwi...

Vitamin E
Almonds and other nuts, spinach..

Carotenoids
Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach...



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Sources:
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/fo/c4fo00280f#!divAbstract
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/vitamin-E.php
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/natural-food-sources-of-beta-carotene.php
http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Vitamins/Food-Sources-of-Vitamin-C.aspx

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