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Tomatoes can Protect the Skin from UV Rays


Tomatoes can Protect the Skin from UV Rays

(epharmanews)- Tomatoes can protect the skin from burns and damage resulting from exposure to sun rays. They also help rejuvenate the skin, research at the Universities of Newcastle and Manchester has revealed.

In this study that was presented on May the 7th at the British Society for Investigative Dermatology, researchers compared skin samples collected from 20 women, ages 21 to 47, half of which was given 5 spoons (55 grams) of tomato paste, while the other half was given 10 grams of olive oil, for 12 weeks. Participants were exposed to UV rays at the beginning and at the end of the study.

The results suggested a significant increase in the skin’s ability to protect itself from UV rays in women who had tomato paste. Skin protection from damage due to sun rays exposure increased by 33% in women who had tomato paste.

Comparison between skin samples, from the group that had tomato paste, showed a significant boost the level of procollagen, a molecule which gives the skin its structure and loss of which leads to skin ageing and lack of elasticity.

Results also found that damage inflicted to skin DNA were much less in the group that had tomato paste. Such damages are related to skin aging.

Professor Lesley Rhodes, dermatologist at the University of Manchester, says, “The tomato diet boosted the level of procollagen in the skin significantly. These increasing levels suggest potential reversal of the skin ageing 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 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.”

Professor Mark Birch-Machin, dermatology scientist from Newcastle University, says, “Eating tomatoes will not make you invincible in the sun, but it may be a useful addition to sun protection along with sunscreens, shade and clothing.

“The protective effect of eating tomatoes on our mitochondria is important as they are the energy producers in all our body cells including skin. Therefore being kind to our mitochondria is likely to contribute to improved skin health, which in turn may have an anti-ageing effect.”


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