Food Groups That Will Protect You From the Sun – Dark Chocolate

Slathering on sunscreen is never enjoyable. Does that stuff ever blend in completely? While it’s always important to spread  on at least a thin layer of  sunblock (yes, you can go for the easy spray-on, super-blend stuff), some other super powerful UV-blockers are hiding right in the produce aisle.

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Meet the double-duty foods that have been shown to increase the skin’s ability to protect against UV damageOh, and they’re part of a healthy diet, too. Their sunblocking secret: Antioxidants.

These compounds help fight free radicals, a nasty set of atoms or molecules that contribute to annoying problems like premature aging and can be a product of unprotected sun exposure. Free radicals prowl the body, stealing electrons from healthy cells (in this case, in the skin). Antioxidants are a person’s mini-martyrs, running around the body and giving up their extra electrons to free radicals so they stop pestering the healthy cells. Flashback to 6th grade science class, anyone?

Looking for comestible sun protection? Add these sun-friendly foods to the grocery list. (Sorry, SunChips aren’t included.)

Dark-Chocolate-Pieces_featured3. Dark Chocolate

Flavanoids found in dark chocolate may improve the skin’s ability protect against some types of skin damage, including UV-induced issues like sun burns. Plus, the flavonoids can help keep skin hydrated, increase oxygen saturation, and boost blood flow!  Here’s the green light to add a dark chocolate bar to your beach bag! (Just beware of it melting).

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source: Greatist by Kate Morin, 

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