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Top 5 Antioxidants That Promote Healthy Skin

By: Nichole Jaworski
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(CBS Radio) — Have you ever heard about the wonderful health benefits associated with consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants?

Antioxidants have the potential to prevent diseases such as cancer and other debilitating diseases. Additionally, eating foods rich in antioxidants can help protect your skin from damaging UV rays.

Generally, antioxidants give your skin the ability to fend off the damaging effects of the sun.

Here are the Top 5 antioxidants that help offer your skin protection from the sun:

5. Fish

Fish that contains Omega 3’s has been shown to reduce inflammation in your skin and protects your skin from sun damage. Additionally, adding fish or an Omega 3 supplement to your diet can help protect you against skin cancer.

4. Fruits and Vegetables

Most fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, however, orange and red fruits and vegetables contain Lycopene and Beta-carotene. Lycopene and Beta-carotene promote skin health and Beta-carotene helps protect your skin from burning in the sun.

(Related Article: Sunscreen: To Use Or Not To Use?)

3. Chocolate

Don’t get too excited just yet … you have to eat dark chocolate to help protect your skin from the damage left behind by the sun. Eating dark chocolate promotes an increase in blood flow and hydrates your skin.

2. Greens

Dark green veggies, such as spinach, salad, or collard greens are an excellent source of antioxidants. Green vegetables promote skin health and have also been found to prevent the recurrence of skin cancer.

1. Tea

Just one glass of tea each day can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing skin cancer. Both black and green tea provide antioxidants that also help reduce the spread of skin cancer.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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