Most people accept that the types of foods we eat have a huge influence on our skin health and complexion. And it would be no surprise to be told that excessive exposure to sunlight causes skin to prematurely age.
But few people will have heard that certain specific nutrients can actually be used by the body to protect skin from sunlight damage. Whilst this is not common knowledge, it is certainly a well-documented scientific principle.
Natural protection for collagen and elastin
Research has shown that compounds called flavonoids, found in fruits, berries and leafy greens, are taken up by the body and transported in the bloodstream to the underlying layers of the skin. Here they bring an important level of protection against the sun damaging the matrix of protein fibres, called collagen and elastin, that make up much of the skin’s structure.