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Grapes – A Natural Form of Edible Sunscreen?

A new human study from the University of Alabama has found that consuming grapes can protect against UV skin damage at the cellular level, increasing the skin’s resistance to sunburn.

The results showed a 75% increase in the natural protection of the skin based on the consumption of a little over two cups of grapes per day, for a period of 14 days. The high content of polyphenols naturally found in grapes was thought to be responsible for these benefits.

After investigating the subjects’ skin response to UV light, the group who had been consuming grapes showed decreased DNA damage, fewer deaths of skin cells, and a reduction in inflammatory markers. The results showed that it required more UV exposure to cause sunburn, indicating that grapes provide a significant photoprotective effect.

According to Skin Cancer Foundation, by the age of 70 an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer. Most skin cancers are associated with UV exposure (around 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86% of melanomas respectively), so this is important research in the field of skin health.

In addition, it is estimated that 90% of skin aging is caused by the effects of the sun. Two cups of grapes per day could be the newest and most delicious way to keep our skin looking beautiful!

In addition to a daily serving of grapes, there are other foods and supplements that can provide benefits for the skin on a cellular level. For example, the nutricosmetic products CORE ASX® and SE85® are two premium dietary supplements capable of turning back the clock on older looking skin.

CORE ASX® helps to increase skin hydration, elasticity and smoothness, while SE85® helps to strengthen the collagen layer and improve the supply of nutrients to skin tissues. Both supplements also contain vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that help to protect the cells (including skin cells) from oxidative stress and damage.

Please note, this article does not advise using grapes or dietary supplements as a replacement for sun cream. We recommend wearing a minimum of SPF30 when exposing your skin to the sun.

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