Thursday, September 2, 2010

Health Tip: Three Fruits for Great Summer Skin

This summer slather on that SPF every chance you get. But for extra sun protection points, eat plenty of these fruits as well: cherries, nectarines, and watermelon.

These juicy treats not only cool your mouth in warm weather but may safeguard your skin from warm weather, too. Compounds in these fruits may boost your skin's natural resilience against wrinkles and sun damage. Check out the unique protective benefits of this trio of fruits.
  • Cherries: By eating a daily handful, you may enjoy fresher, less puffy skin. It's due to the inflammation-fighting anthocyanins and melatonin in cherries. Melatonin may boost UV protection as well as cell growth. Tart cherries tend to be richest in melatonin.
  • Nectarines: These smooth-skinned sisters of the peach provide a mini-spa's rich of nutrients that may help correct sun damage from the inside out. They offer skin goodies like lycopene, niacin, copper, lutein and vitamins A, C, and E. The A, C, and E trio also work to control inflammation and free radical damage in both the watery and the fatty layers of skin.
  • Watermelon: Nibbling on watermelon wedges has the power to refresh your face as much as your palate, due to the high water and lycopene content. Lycopene helps to protect and preserve connections between skin cells so skin is tighter, smoother, and better able to retain moisture
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