There are some interesting findings lately in the realm of skin health and exposure to UV rays from the sun, specifically as they relate to what we put in our mouths on a daily basis. Most interesting was that lycopene, which is a nutrient that is found in brightly pigmented (usually orange and red) veggies and some fruits, like tomatoes and red peppers. Lycopene is actually excellent for your skin when it comes to being a natural protectant against the skin damaging rays of the sun.
It was found that those that ate tomato paste in a certain amount every day experienced a significant decrease in the instance of sunburn, when compared to those that were exposed to the sun and did not consume this amount of lycopene every day. What this suggests is that if your diet is rich in this nutrient, you may be actually protecting your skin and helping it to better defend itself against the aging and DNA damage that UV light does to the skin, especially when it is over exposed, or exposed at times of day when the sun’s rays are at their most damaging.
This is great news for those of us that love tomatoes! I know I count myself among them, and I certainly am excited every time I see a new tomato popping up on my tomato plants in the back yard right now. For those that want fresh tomatoes, which taste SO much better than the ones you get at most grocery stores because they’re much fresher usually, it’s really super easy to grow your own tomatoes. They actually grow really well in a pot also, so you don’t even have to have a garden spot or a huge yard to be able to grow them.
They do require a lot of water and a lot of sun, but other than that, they’re pretty much a set it and forget it kind of veggie to grow. Antioxidants are thought to be very important in naturally protecting your skin from the sun as well and resulting in less sunburn. Green tea and any other fruit or veggie with antioxidants are a great way to help ensure your skin will stay healthy and resilient for years to come.