Eat Your Sunblock And Practice Anti Aging At The Same Time!
Posted Sep 07 2008 8:04pm
Want to know how to protect your skin from sunburn and premature aging, add these nutrients to your diet!
Carotenoids are members of a family of nutrients that protect plants and animals from excess sunshine.
Just like melanin, they are colorful molecules that reflect UV rays.
About 700 different types of carotenoids have been identified. Each of the pigments functions as Mother Nature’s sunblock.
When humans ingest carotenoids, they are deposited into the skin to prevent sunburn and oxidative stress, which is a cause of cancer.
Leading sources of carotenoids are eggs, spirulina, chlorella, dark-green leafy vegetables (kale, collards and spinach), and yellow-orange fruits and vegetables (apricots, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams and squash).
The recommended daily intake of carotenoids is 100 to 200 grams per day of these foods.
The most effective carotenoid is a red pigment found in algae, salmon, trout, shrimp, and lobsters. Known as astaxanthin.
The algae are normally green.
But when subjected to sunshine, they produce the red pigment naturally.
Once ingested, astaxanthin is 1,000 times more effective at protecting skin from UV damage than other carotenoids.
Edible sunblock is your first line of defense against sunburn, cancer, and prematurely aging skin.