We'll soon be thinking beach vacations, pool trips, and more!
But you'll want to do your part to prevent damage from the sun and UV rays.
TopTenz.net recently compiled a list of 10 foods that will help protect your body against damage from the sun. Let's check them out.
1. Dark chocolate. This is high in flavonoids, which is a type of antioxidant that research also suggests is beneficial in preventing heart attacks.
The higher percentage of cocoa, the greater number of flavonoids will be present, according to the TopTenz.net list.
2. Sweet potatoes and carrots. Beta carotene, which is proven to reduce the risk of sunburn, is found in both sweet potatoes and carrots.
Sweet potatoes and carrots also contain flavonoids.
3. Tomatoes, watermelon and papaya. These contain a substance called Lycopene, which protects against many kinds of cancers.
One study tested tomato paste to find out its effects on the skin, and it was found to protect against both long and short term sun dangers.
4. Green tea. This contains EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which protects against UV radiation.
One catch, according to TopTenz.net. If you're sensitive to caffeine, you might want to limit your green tea intake to one cup per day.
5. Wild salmon. This contains omega-3 fish oils, which is good for the skin in general.
Wild salmon also contains an antioxidant called astaxanthin. It's more powerful than vitamin E, which is good for fighting UV rays.
6. Almonds. They contain large amounts of Vitamin E, which as mentioned before, has proven to be a determined fighter of UV rays.
If you don't like almonds, some of your options include sunflower seeds, peanuts, peanut butter and asparagus.
7. Strawberries, oranges, kiwis. These foods, high in Vitamin C, help the body make collagen, which is necessary for skin and bone healing.
In addition to strawberries, oranges and kiwis, TopTenz.net says cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, and berries are other options.
8. Dark green leafy vegetables. In addition to Vitamin E, these contain flavonoids.
They also contain carotenoids, which can suppress sunburn.
9. Tumeric/Curcumin. These are more widely known in Asia, but some studies have shown they have the ability to kill skin cancer cells.
10. Coffee. Our favorite morning (and afternoon and sometimes evening) drink shows coffee can be a safeguard against developing basal cell carcinoma, which is a type of skin cancer.
Go easy, however. Coffee in large doses can also have a negative impact on your heartbeat and stomach. Thanks for checking out this slideshow!
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