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Sunscreen Foods

Updated: June 15, 2013 2:12 pm

Plants like humans suffer from too much exposer to the sun. They use colour as sunscreen. The more colour a plant has the more protection it has from the sun’s ultra-violet rays. The ingredient that helps plants get colour is lycopene, a type of carotenoid found in pink and red fruits. Likewise eating certain foods help us protect from harmful rays of the sun. It is only a healthy and balanced diet that gives a glow to our skin. This is because only the right food helps us fight a number of complexities involved with the skin, including dryness, dullness, sunburn and tan. Application of sunscreen lotions helps us only for external burns on the skin but certain foods help us face the sun and act as sunscreen.

Here are foods that give Sun screen protection naturally


Green tea

Green tea protects the skin and helps prevent the development of skin cancer. Green tea has high levels of epigallocatechin-3-gallate, the most powerful polyphenols of them all. It is a multi-tasking chemical that slows down sun-related skin aging, prevents skin cancer and inhibits tumor cells. It is very interesting to note that green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that helps us relax. It can stop the production of stress hormone, coristol, from destroying collagen fibers.

Almonds & Watermelon

When the skin is exposed to high levels of UV rays, the immune system releases a certain type of chemical to protect the skin. If this chemical is triggered often enough, it can lead to the development of skin cancer. When omega 3 fatty acids are eaten regularly, the need for this immune system response decreases as does the likelihood of skin cancer development.

The pink coloured watermelon is rich in lycopene. The high concentration of lycopene in this fruit may help prevent sun damage from inside out.

Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin a type of vitamin that can help prevent skin discolouration, therefore they can help protect one’s cells from the damaging effects of free radicals produced from sun-induced inflammation and extended sun exposure.



Tomatoes are the best to resist skin from sunburn and sun damage. Tomatoes have very high content of lycopene and cooked tomatoes have even higher content of lycopene as cooking helps release more lycopene.


It contains carotenoids as well as phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that keep our skin healthy and young looking. One can incorporate the benefits of broccoli for protection from skin cancer and broccoli sprouts are even more powerful when it comes to cancer and sun protection. So eat broccoli as salad or sprout with sandwich.

Oranges, Limes and Lemons

These citrus foods contain limonene. Studies show that the presence of limonene in the body can reduce the risk of skin cell damage considerably.

Avocado & Pomegranate

Vitamin E in avocado soothes the skin after exposure to the sun. It prevents and repairs the cellular damage caused by sun exposure.

Eating pomegranate or drinking pomegranate juice helps in enhancing the skin’s sun protective properties.


Dark Chocolates

Dark chocolates are packed with anti-oxidants found in its cocoa flavonaoids. These flavonoids safeguard the skin against photo damage. Milk chocolate does not have the same effect because milk prevents the absorption of polyphenols. Always buy dark chocolates with low content of sugar.

By Nibhanapudi Suguna

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