We all know when the sun is out, we need to slap the sun lotion on, but did you know that there are also foods that can help protect against the sun's rays?

Fight the sun's damage with these 4 healthy foods:

1. Cherries

Fighting sun burn with cherries

A great source of melatonin, an antioxidant that protects your skin against UV radiation. Research has also revealed that it helps repair sunburnt skin by stimulating new cell growth.

 

2. Green tea

Green tea to help fight inflammation

Scientists have discovered that an antioxidant in green tea—the uncatchily named epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)—fights inflammation in your body’s protective covering. It also helps ward off wrinkles.

 

3. Pomegranates

Pomegranates to reduce the ability of UVB radiation
This fruit has a high antioxidant content and research from the US University of Wisconsin has been found to offer anti-inflammatory benefits to your skin. It can also reduce the ability of UVB radiation to cause cancer-promoting damage in skin cells.

 

4. Fatty fish

Fatty fish to protect against sun damage

Adding foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids—salmon, for example—to your summer menu will help protect skin from the damaging inflammation caused by sun exposure. What’s more, all fish are a great source of selenium and protein, needed for skin repair.

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