Were you aware that you could protect your skin from damaging sunrays by eating certain foods that inherently have within them specific vitamins that possess the ability to act as a topical sunscreen would? In the August 2010 issue of Eating Well magazine, registered dietitician Brierly Wright, M.S. R.D. wrote an article devoted to making us conscious of the fact that our skin can be protected from the inside out, as well as helping us look younger, simply by eating some great living foods. Here’s some of the foods suggested for younger looking skin that can also help to lower your cancer risk as well!
Pinch me I must be dreaming!! I was so glad to see this food on Ms. Wright’s list. For selfish reasons of course! Like the fact that I drink a ton of this stuff! According to this article, a study that involved over 93,000 women and became published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, showed those that are even light coffee drinkers, like say a cup or thereabouts daily, lowered their risk for skin cancer. Decaf coffee didn’t seem to possess the same qualities, which doesn’t bother me a bit seeing as I’m partial to caffeinated coffee, and I know I have a lot of company in that regard!
For those that are unfamiliar with Edamame, let me fill you in. These are baby soybeans in the pod. These along with soy foods in general including things like soymilk and tofu seem to be helpful for preserving collagen, a skin firming substance that helps give us a youthful look. This substance starts to decrease beginning in our twenties if you can believe that. Soyfoods, being as rich in is flavones as they are, will help us to be successful in our anti-aging quest for younger looking skin that stays cancer free.
Anyone that’s a big tomato lover, along with carrots, pink grapefruit, and watermelon, will be pleased to find out that the lycopene involved in making these foods the beautiful colors that they are, can also be effective in helping to keep skin smooth as well as give you protection from sunburn. A 2008 study published in the European Journal of Phamaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, revealed that out of the 20 participants studied those that possessed higher concentrations of lycopene in their skin, displayed qualities of smoother skin than those with lower concentrations of lycopene. And, if that’s not proof enough, another study involving individuals that were exposed to ultraviolet light had just about 50 percent less reddening of their skin after drinking 1 2/3 cups of carrot juice daily as well as having eaten 2 ½ tablespoons of tomato paste.
The lowly strawberry can provide a tasty boost of vitamin C, a nutrient that may help to avoid age related dryness as well as wrinkles according to research from 2007 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. With the free radical quenching power that vitamin C has naturally, ultraviolet rays and the toxins created by it don’t stand a chance. This nutrient is also capable of helping the body to synthesize collagen, a protein fiber that has the ability to keep skin firm.
Personally as a natural health advocate none of this information surprises me. Hopefully it has helped to motivate you to incorporate more of these powerful foods into your diet and lifestyle for better looking skin, and lower your risk of skin cancer too!
Eating Well, August 2010 issue