Speaking of the sun (my last article)…researchers at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel have discovered antioxidant-rich foods help protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultra-violet rays.  Health experts say 1,000,000 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year. The Israeli scientists strongly advocate loading your diet with foods such as oranges, apricots, broccoli, carrots, cantaloupe and garlic; which contain high levels of cancer-fighting antioxidant carotenoids and vitamins.

UV radiation can penetrate deep into the skin and generate free radicals that interfere with the disease-fighting immune system. Antioxidants help block and repair free radical damage plus they boost the immune system. The carotenoid lycopene, which is present in tomatoes, tomato sauce and catsup, has been found to be extra effective in fighting the effects of UV triggered free radical damage. Plan on 7 tomato-rich meals a week or 3 to 7 milligrams of lycopene daily for full health benefits.

 

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