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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sun Protection on Your Plate – National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

To reduce the risk of sun damage pay attention to what you put in your body, as well as what you use on the outside. Whilst Broccoli isn’t a substitute for sunscreen, the protection you get won’t wash off in the pool either!
Eating the right foods particularly fruit and veg that contain antioxidants reduce inflammation can keep you looking younger as well as helping to protect from sunburn that leads to skin cancer and wrinkles.
Green leafy vegetables can reduce your risk of a variety of cancers, and protect your skin too. According to the International Journal of Cancer, spinach, kale, and chard may reduce risk of squamous cell cancer by fifty percent. Paul Talalay, MD, from Johns Hopkins University has studied the protective benefits of broccoli for twenty-five years. He and his colleagues have discovered that broccoli sprouts are powerful when it comes to cancer protection.
You can incorporate the benefits of broccoli for protection from skin cancer from the sun by eating one half cup daily. Add broccoli to a salad or put a handful of broccoli sprouts in your sandwich.
Bright Colorful fruits are high in carotenoids and lycopene. Carotenoids offer skin and eye protection from the sun.  In fact “The more colorful the plant, the higher its protection against unwanted rays,” Claims Dr. Felder MD, PhD and author of The Bonus Years Diet. He also explains, “When you and I go out in the sun, we put on sunscreen. Plants use color as sunscreen.”
A study, performed in 2001, looked at volunteers who ate 40 grams of tomato paste in addition to two teaspoons of olive oil (for absorption) over a ten-week period. The group was forty percent less likely to experience sunburn when exposed to harmful UV rays.
A great summer fruit choice is watermelon not only is it delicious but it is rich in lycopene, making it a great choice to protect your skin from sunburn and possibly even reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
NOTE – Don’t forget the outside protection too
-Hat, UV clothing, Sun glasses, UVA & UVB Sunscreen and of course SHADE!

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