When skin is exposed to the sun and free radicals, it can accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin, resulting in fine lines, age spots, blotchiness and, even worse, skin cancer.
We typically protect our skin from skin assailants such as free radicals and the sun’s harmful rays through topical broad-spectrum SPF creams. What many people don’t yet know, however, is that eating certain foods can improve your body’s natural environmental defenses and increase your cellular health.
We need to be ever aware of sun damage because we are at risk of sun damage every day, merely walking outside during our lunch breaks or driving in our cars. Although daily SPF moisturizers and creams are essential, it is helpful to double up on your sun protection through food that let us “eat our sunscreen.”
For sun and free radical protection, try consuming the following foods:
Foods Rich in Polyphenols
Polyphenols provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative protection to fend off free radicals. (Our Pomphenol Sunguard Dietary Supplement also works great if you have trouble sneaking antioxidants into your diet!)
- Green tea
Fruits and Vegetables with Carotenoids
Carotenoids serve to protect cells from the danger of free radicals that may be produced by the body, pollution, cigarette smoke, etc.
- Goji Berries
- Pink Grapefruit
Cruciferous Foods Containing Isothiocyanates
Isothiocyanates combat carcinogens that can lead to cancer, including skin cancer and breast cancer.
- Brussels Sprouts
Foods Rich in Vitamin C
Vitamin C is responsible for producing collagen to help skin looking plumper and younger.
Foods Containing Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 acts as a shield from free radical damage, stopping the damage from penetrating to the cells.
- Wheat Germ
- Whole Grains
These healthy and delicious foods give us numerous benefits including sun protection and anti-aging properties, helping us to eat our way to health that’s BETTER EVERY DAY®.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.