Mediterranean diet may fight against sun's harmful rays
Those who hydrated with the antioxidant-rich drink had 50 percent fewer oxidation products (i.e. MDA) in their blood at the end of the two-week period, which included five to six hours of exposure to the sun daily. Further studies proved that these antioxidants, especially carotenoids — fruit and vegetable pigments like red from tomatoes and watermelons and orange from carrots and pumpkins that accumulate in the skin where they serve as a first line of protection — had delayed the phenomenon of skin erythema, which indicates the initiation of tissue and DNA damage that can lead to skin cancer.
- Olive oil
- Fresh fish
- Vegetables – leave the skins on when possible
- Fruits – particularly berries
- Red wine – in moderation
- Whole grains
- Nuts – pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and roasted peanuts
- Spices – cloves, cinnamon, oregano
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