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Supplements Rise in Effective Sun Care

Posted: June 16, 2008

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This evidence adds to a growing body of science focusing on the potential benefits of nutrients to boost skin health from within, with lutein, lycopene and superoxide dismutase (SOD) having been reported to improve skin health.

Lycopeneand tomato paste

Another recent study published in the British Society for Investigative Dermatology on lycopenes highlighted the fact that tomato paste, which is rich in lycopenes, may protect against sun-induced aging and sunburn.

The study findings revealed that subjects who had received five tablespoons of tomato paste a day over a 12-week period had 33% better protection against sun burn. The benefits of the tomato paste were attributed to the lycopene content, which may neutralize the harmful effects of UV light due to the excess production reactive oxygen species (ROS) which can damage important skin structures.

Skin samples taken from the subjects indicated that the tomato paste-supplemented individuals had higher skin levels of pro-collagen, a molecule which gives the skin its structure and loss of which leads to skin aging and lack of elasticity.