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Friday, July 22, 2016

Sunscreen is Great, But So Are These 5 Foods That Protect Your Skin

We all know the importance of putting on sunscreen before going out in the sun. It not only protects skin from sunburn, but it also protects skin from the harmful effects of the sun's rays. But did you know that certain foods can also help protect your skin?

Eat these 5 foods to protect your skin

Research shows that some foods can actually protect your skin from sun damage because they contain ingredients that work from the inside out. Here are 5:

#1 - Sweet potatoes - are rich in antioxidants which fight against free radicals.* The antioxidants in sweet potatoes will neutralize free radicals and make them harmless.

* Free radicals are atoms that are unstable and therefore potentially bad for overall health because they attack other cell membranes. Everyone has them -- millions of them. They can form spontaneously or as a result of exposure to heat, light or something in the environment, and they can cause premature aging, skin cancer and cell death.

#2 - Tomatoes - have an antioxidant called Lycopene that can help protect your skin against the sun’s damaging UV rays. The redder the tomato, the more Lycopene it contains, and the stronger it will be in protecting your skin.

#3 - Green tea - is all the rage now for a number of good health benefits. One of those is it's anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory effects that reduce free radical damage through catechins, which provide antioxidants. It also contains plant compounds called polyphenols that many feel are effective in fighting cancer.

#4 - Sunflower seeds - contain the antioxidant vitamin E, which is one of the 3 antioxidants that have been proven to decrease the damaging effect of the sun on the skin. The other two are selenium and vitamin C.

#5 - Salmon - is rich in healthy fats, and healthy fats prevent signs of early aging and sun damage.

Good food for thought!

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