We all know that the most effective way to prevent skin cancer is to wear sunscreen, but a lot of us forget to put it on. Luckily, certain foods can help protect us from damaging UV rays. Here are the top 5:
First up: Fish. Researchers at Purdue University found that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish boost production of a protein called collagen. Which is important, because as collagen levels decrease, our skin becomes thinner and more vulnerable to sun damage. So, add tuna, trout, sardines and wild salmon to your diet.
Next on our list of sun-protecting foods: Broccoli, spinach, and cantaloupe. They’re loaded with powerful antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, which help prevent the damage from free-radical molecules that form when UV light bakes our skin.
Finally, add more turmeric to your diet. The ingredient that gives curry its traditional yellow color also helps rid our body of toxins that can damage skin cells. And studies show that a compound in turmeric called curcumin may help prevent all types of cancer. But if you don’t like curry, don’t worry, turmeric is also what makes yellow mustard yellow. So, slather it on your next turkey sandwich on whole wheat.