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Tomato-rich Diet Can Help Protect Skin

Posted: May 2, 2008

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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.

Co-researcher professor Lesley Rhodes said, "The tomato diet boosted the level of pro-collagen in the skin significantly. These increasing levels suggest potential reversal of the skin aging process. This is in addition to the significant reduction in sunburn.

"These weren't huge amounts of tomato we were feeding the group. It was the sort of quantity you would easily manage if you were eating a lot of tomato-based meals.

"People should not think that tomatoes in any way can replace sun creams, but they may be a good additive. If you can improve your protection through your diet then over several years, this may have a significant effect."

Benefits extend to DNA
Attendees at the annual meeting of the British Society for Investigative Dermatology also heard lycopene was capable of reducing damage to mitochondrial DNA in the skin, which is also believed to be linked with skin aging.