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Foods that Give You Natural Sun Protection


Your health is determined by the foods you eat. But did you know you can also reduce your risk for sunburn, sun damage, and skin cancer by eating certain foods that support your skin’s ability to defend itself against too much sun?

Here are 12 foods that science shows which naturally boost sun protection and give you many other health benefits as well:


  1. Carrots - We all know carrots are good for your eyes, but did you know they also protect your skin? Carrots are one of the best sources of beta-carotene which helps protect the skin against free radical damage caused from sun exposure. They provide increased protection against sunburn, especially when combined with vitamin E.
  2. Citrus Fruits – we know these are high in vitamin C, and research has found that when combined with vitamin E, these fruits can reduce the potential for sunburn. These fruits also contain antioxidants and limonene, which protects the skin lowering your rate of getting skin cancer.
  3. Strawberries - Strawberries contain large amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C, which both help protect your skin from sun damage. They can also help sunburned skin heal.
  4. Pomegranates – these are rich in antioxidants, and they also contain ellagic acid that helps to protect your skin from the UVA and UVB rays.
  5. Red Grapes – Grapes contain proanthocyanidins and other polyphenols found in the grape’s seeds that inhibit skin cancer induced by UV rays. They also contain quercetin, which lessens oxidative DNA damage from UVB rays.
  6. Tomatoes – These contain lycopene, which is a carotenoid and antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals produced from too much sun. Lycopene also minimizes inflammatory response to UV damage to your body. Cooked tomatoes provide a concentration of lycopene, so using tomato sauce or tomato paste in summer dishes is a good idea.
  7. Watermelon – summer is never a better time to eat watermelon, especially since it contains 40% more lycopene per ounce than tomatoes.
  8. Leafy green vegetables – these are great sources of antioxidants to prevent sun damage. An example of these greens is: lettuce, spinach, chard and kale.
  9. Almonds – these nuts contain vitamin E and quercetin, which protects and repairs the skin from UV damage. They’re a great source of fiber too.
  10. Green Tea – this tea is a good source of catechins and antioxidants, which help protect against sunburn and inflammation. Drink it iced for a summer cooler.
  11. Flax Seeds – these contain omega 3 fatty acids that also help protect your skin from sunburn and reduce inflammation. You can use the oil or the seeds ground up in your yoghurt or smoothies.
  12. Turmeric – this is the superstar of anti-inflammatory superfoods. It protects your skin from UVB rays and much more. Use it in your foods, as tea or in a paste.

Yours in good health,

Jondra Bjorkman, CNC

Nutritional Counselor


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