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Foods That Fight Sunburn

8 Foods That Fight Sunburn

You slather on the sunscreen and never take a trip to the beach without a hat, but sometimes, sunburns happen. Lessen the pain by eating a diet full of these foods that help prevent sunburn from occurring in the first place!

  1. Berries: Blueberries and raspberries contain high levels of ellagic acid, which may help protect your skin from sun damage, while strawberries are high in skin-protecting Vitamin C.
  2. Citrus fruits: Besides being high in Vitamin C, fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes contain limonene, a nutrient that may have skin-protecting properties.
  3. Green tea: The catechins in green tea can almost do it all — besides their disease-preventing properties, they have also been shown to protect against sunburn inflammation and longterm UV radiation damage.
  4. Lovage: The stalks of this uncommon herb resemble celery, while its leaves can also be used in salads. Grab some if you see it at your farmers market, since lovage contains high levels of quercitrin, a flavonoid that has shown to reduce UVB skin damage.
  5. Pomegranates: A 2006 study found that the ellagic acid in pomegranate extract had a protective effect on sunburns when participants took it orally for four weeks.
  6. Red grapes: These are also high in quercitrin, so pop some in your freezer and enjoy them as an icy treat on a hot Summer day.
  7. Tomatoes: Time for pasta night — a German study found that participants who ate a quarter cup of tomato paste every day for 10 weeks (along with about two teaspoons of olive oil) had 35 percent less skin reddening when exposed to UV radiation than those who didn't follow the tomato-paste diet. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a carotenoid that is being studied for its ability to protect against sun damage.
  8. Watermelon: The Summer staple is high also in lycopene, so enjoy watermelon as much as possible during your outdoor festivities.
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Join The Conversation
NatureMadeLisa NatureMadeLisa 9 years
Wow. Never knew what you eat could help!
Bebeshopper Bebeshopper 9 years
Finally, something that is good for me that I actually love! I usually drink 3 cups of green tea a day just because I enjoy it so much.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I never thought to have foods for sun protection but I eat these things anyway. I need to remember to have green tea more often though.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I've been eating lots of spinach and tomatoes lately for this very reason. I have fair skin and I need all the help I can get with keeping the sunburn away!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
The only thing I get at Starbucks anymore is iced green tea (which for some reason is hard to find at every other convenient coffee house) - and this pretty much gives me another reason to quench my iced green tea thirst!
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