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7 Foods That Guard Against Sunburn

As another summer rolls around, try these 7 foods to help protect you from sunburn! (Image: sc.chinaz.com)
As another summer rolls around, try these 7 foods to help protect you from sunburn! (Image: sc.chinaz.com)

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.

Green tea

Polyphenol, an ingredient in green tea, is a powerful antioxidant.

polyphenol in green tea is a strong anti-oxidant. (Image: Charmaine Porgie/Flickr)

Polyphenol in green tea is a strong antioxidant. (Image: Charmaine Porgie/Flickr)

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, another excellent antioxidant.

Lycopene in tomato is  another  excellent antioxidant. (Image: Josh Larios/Flickr)

Lycopene in tomatoes is another excellent antioxidant. (Image: Josh Larios/Flickr)

Carrots

Carrots contain large amounts of β-carotene which can block UV rays from the sun.

B-carotene in carrot can block UV rays from sun. (Image: Stella Yodo/Flickr)

β-carotene in carrots can block UV rays from sun. (Image: Stella Yodo/Flickr)

Soybean products

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.

Isoflavone in tofu can help reduce the intensity of sunburn. (Image: Maya83/Flickr)

Isoflavone in tofu can help reduce the intensity of sunburn. (Image: Maya83/Flickr)

Nuts

Most nuts are rich in vitamin E, which is useful in two ways—it eliminates free radicals and has a strong antioxidant function.

Vitamin E in nuts is a good anti-oxidant helping to eliminate free radicals. (Image: Angela Mueller/Flickr)

Vitamin E in nuts is a good anti-oxidant that helps eliminate free radicals. (Image: Angela Mueller/Flickr)

Hot cocoa

Hot cocoa is another great source of antioxidants, containing therobromine and flavonoid, both of which are good for your skin.

Hot cocoa is another great source of antioxidants, containing therobromine and flavonoid. (Image: Steven Depolo/Flickr)

Hot cocoa is another great source of antioxidants, containing therobromine and flavonoid. (Image: Steven Depolo/Flickr)

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.

Guava is rich in Vitamin C and can help to prevent sunburn. (Image: Chetan Kolluri/Flickr)

Guava is rich in vitamin C, and can help to prevent sunburn. (Image: Chetan Kolluri/Flickr)

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

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