The tomato contains valuable substances which, according to a study, can keep the skin young and protect against sunburn.
Tomato is the best of beauty creams and sunscreens? Yes, according to British scientists at Newcastle University. This red fruit is therefore a valuable natural and economic alternative to expensive cosmetics and health skin products.
Tomatoes have always accompanied to the summer tables made of fresh food, tasty and nutritious. Eaten in salads, as a sauce or any way that suggests, the fantasy of these fruits can be valuable allies in the health and beauty of the skin – but not only because it is well known and scientifically proven that the substances contained in them are excellent for health in general.
A contend for the title of best product creams for skin health is Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant substance contained in tomato – especially when they are concentrated in the form of sauce, ketchup, juice and so on.
But the important thing is never missing it from our table if we want to prevent not only the diseases of aging and those of the cardiovascular system but, as mentioned, also protect the skin from external attacks such as the harmful UV rays.
In the study, whose results were presented to the Royal Society of Medicine in London by Professor Mark Birch-Machin, researchers at the UN have compared the skin of 20 female volunteers aged between 21 and 47 years, divided by the chance into two groups.
Half of the participants were made to take five tablespoons (55 g) of tomato sauce with the addition of 10 g of olive oil every day for 12 weeks. The belonging to the other half of the group has done by assuming control in the same manner only olive oil.
During the follow-up period, the volunteers were exposed to UV rays in the sunlight. At the end of twelve weeks of testing, the analysis conducted on women participants showed a significant improvement in the ability of the skin to protect themselves from UV rays between those who were part of the “tomato sauce” group, as compared with the control group.
In percentage terms, the group that took the tomatoes found 33 percent more protection against sunburn in the form of a minor redness of the skin. This protection, obtained only by eating the tomato, has an equivalent in protection factor as the sunscreens with SPF 1.3, according to the calculations of the British scientists.
Finally, the analysis of some skin of the participants who had been taken tomatoes before and after the test showed an increase in the levels of procollagen. This enzyme is the precursor of collagen, the substance that gives skin its structure and the loss of which leads to aging and the typical lack of elasticity.
In addition, researchers have found that there was also less damage to the mitochondrial DNA, which is also connected to the aging of the skin.
Of course, as scientists point out, the dose taken by the volunteers was equal to what you might find eating a lot of tomato-based dishes, so eating tomatoes will not make you invincible under the sun, but can be a useful adjunct along with sunscreens, shade and clothing.
The protective effect of eating tomatoes on our mitochondria is also important as they are producers of energy in every cell of our body including the skin. So be kind to our mitochondria can contribute to improving the health of the skin, which in turn may have an anti-aging effect.
Well, considering all the beneficial properties of tomatoes not only have to make them more room on our table – indeed they are so tasty that certainly will not be a chore.