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Did You Know these 5 Foods can Protect You from UV Rays?

Edited By: Shifa Khan

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Last Updated: May 31, 2018, 15:32 IST

Photo courtesy: Reuters

Photo courtesy: Reuters

Munch on these foods to give your skin the much needed UV protection.

While slathering high SPF++ sunscreen and donning dark UV-protection sunglasses can protect you from the harmful impact of UV A/B rays from outside, certain foods can boost your skin protection at cellular level from the inside. As per experts, foods rich in Vitamin C and Lycopene protect you from the harmful effects of Ultraviolet rays. Here’s a list of 5 everyday foods and fruits that you must munch on to give your skin the much needed protection in the summer season:

1. Strawberries

Strawberries are one of the best foods for your skin, thanks to the anthocyanin and vitamin content that protect the skin cells from UV damage. Make a smoothie or just pop a few each day.

2. Red Bell Peppers

The beta-carotene rich Red Bell Peppers protect against sunburn. Include Red Bell Peppers in your salads, sandwiches and rolls, to give yourself an unlimited supply of beta-carotene.

3. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolates (70% or more cocoa) are packed with flavanols that aid photo-protection from harmful UV rays. So you have one more good reason to grab a bite of your favorite cheat.

4. Pomegranate

Pomegranates are rich in anthocyanins, tannins, and anti-inflammatory antioxidants that guard your skin from UVB rays. Drink a glass of pomegranate juice or just eat it whole to give yourself a fiber boost.

5. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene which shields our skin against UV light-induced erythema, aka flushed skin or skin reddening – a common sight during scorching summers.

first published:May 31, 2018, 15:32 IST
last updated:May 31, 2018, 15:32 IST