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Pomegranate: Nature's Oldest Ultraviolet Protection

By: Howard Murad, MD
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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• Hydrating ingredients to boost topical hydration in the cells, such as sodium PCA (pyrrolidone carboxylic acid), hyaluronic acid and plant-based lipids

For added sun insurance, taking a 15-mg tablet per day of standardized pomegranate extract is recommended. As research has shown, ingesting one pomegranate extract tablet daily has been found to increase the potency of topical sunscreens by 25%.

An exotic future

The discovery of the pomegranate’s potency clearly demonstrates the opportunity for developing an oral sunscreen. Continued research about this ancient exotic fruit may be the key for added skin defense and an alternative to traditional methods of protection.