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Enjoying Your Day in the Sun: Defending Skin from the Inside Out

By: Kimberly Decker
Posted: May 4, 2011, from the May 2011 issue of GCI Magazine.

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And going straight to the natural source is a critical factor in ensuring biological activity, too. Numerous studies demonstrate that a natural lycopene complex extracted directly from the whole tomato delivers a more potent photo-protective advantage than synthetic ingredients. In a study conducted at the institute for Biochemistry at the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, two groups received 1.25 MEDs of solar radiation; after 12 weeks, the group consuming synthetic lycopene showed only 25% reduction in erythema, while the group consuming an all-natural, tomato-derived complex with a full complement of antioxidant components, enjoyed a 38% reduction.

“Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created the tomato,” Alroy says. And her handiwork has made it easier for all of us to feel good about enjoying your day in the sun. “After hearing all the advice to stay in the shade and make sunscreen application an everyday ritual,” continues Alroy, “isn’t it gratifying to learn that we can strengthen the skin itself with foods or supplements whose antioxidants provide a powerful antidote to solar damage? Take them regularly when indoors and for casual daily outdoor activities, and in combination with sun care products for heavy sun exposure. Do that and there’s no reason to be afraid from the sun, at any age.”

Kimberly J. Decker is a California-based technical writer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer food science, with a minor in English from the University of California,