As another summer rolls around, it’s time to get the sunscreen out again. But did you know that certain foods can also help guard against those harsh UV rays?
Studies have shown that the following foods can also help to protect you from sunburn.
Polyphenol, an ingredient in green tea, is a powerful antioxidant.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, another excellent antioxidant.
Carrots contain large amounts of β-carotene which can block UV rays from the sun.
Soybeans are packed with isoflavone, a phytoestrogen and an antioxidant. This ingredient can help with your skin’s health, so increasing your intake of tofu and soy milk can help with reducing the intensity of sunburn.
Most nuts are rich in vitamin E, which is useful in two ways—it eliminates free radicals and has a strong antioxidant function.
Hot cocoa is another great source of antioxidants, containing therobromine and flavonoid, both of which are good for your skin.
Vitamin C-rich fruits
Any fruit rich in vitamin C, such as guava, kiwi fruit, strawberries, oranges and tangerines, are all great in promoting your skin’s health and helping to prevent sunburn.
An extra tip—eating too much parsley, mustard, and radishes can cause sunspots.
Best to eat these sparingly during the summer, or avoid them if you can.
Translated research by Joseph Wu and Kathy