Antioxidant-rich foods have been linked to good sun-protection of the skin. The following 6 foods can protect your skin against the sun damage. As pesticide residue can deplete the body’s antioxidant supplies, it’s always better to choose certified organic foods.
1. Green Tea
Kiwis contain phytochemicals, which help fight free radical damage that can eventually lead to cancer. They also have vitamin E and one large kiwi contains about 80 mg of vitamin C, which helps maintain a strong immune system.
2. Tomatoes and Olive OIl
Phytonutrients lycopene in tomatoes and phenols in olive oil have been linked to better sun protection.
3. Vitamin C Rich Foods
Vitamin C, vitamin E and the mineral selenium all are good antioxidants that protect the skin against sun damage.
For vitamin C, try: kiwis, oranges, bell peppers, broccoli, papaya, and strawberries.
4. Vitamin E Rich Foods
For vitamin E, try: sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, egg yolks and dark green leafy vegetables.
5. Selenium Rich Foods
Try mushrooms and fish. Buying wild-caught fish is better, because pesticide and antibiotic residues in farmed fish deplete the body’s antioxidant supplies.
6. Acidic Fruits
Limonene and ellagic acid are other sun-protective nutrients. Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and limes, are rich in limonene and berries, such as blueberries and rasberries are rich in ellagic acid.