Tomatoes Can Protect Your Skin Against Sunburn

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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.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

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Green tea is made up of Camellia Sinensis leaves which are dried and steamed. Green tea consists of several medicinal values. These are found 5,000 years back in China.

Green tea consists of great health advantages because of the content epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG. This substance consists of 40% polyphenol which are available in green tea.

Take your doctor suggestion before starting green tea consumption.

Health Advantages of Green Tea

Cardiovascular Disease

Daily consumption of green tea prevents from hypertension, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and high triglycerides. Green tea is useful in curing risk of strokes, blood thinner, brain damage and heart attacks. Green tea is helpful in reducing excess LDL cholesterol.

An experiment which is done in the year of 2003 which is related to “Archives of Internal Medicine” revealed this green tea containing with theaflavin lessens LDL levels when green tea combine with low saturated fat food.

National Institutes of Health reveals that green tea lessens the problems of heart attack and atherosclerosis. There may be a chance of raise in hypertension by drinking green tea. It may be possible because tea contains caffeine and some refreshment substances.

Cancer

Green tea effectively protects cancer, the reason it contains rich amounts antioxidants. Some specific substances which are available in green tea stops the development of new blood vessels which nourishes tumors, it is said by American Cancer Society.

EGCG is a substance which is present in green tea stops the vascular growth which causes apoptosis in leukemic cellsand reduces the enzymes which plays a key role in cell replication and DNA synthesis. These actions stops the growth of cancers such as breast and colorectal, bladder cancers, prostate, ovarian, pancreatic, lung and esophageal.

Green tea is useful in reducing skin cancer; it is said by Maryland Medical Center. EGCG and some polyphenols which are available in green tea have the anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

Diabetes

Green tea can naturally reduce the blood sugar levels. Green tea is useful to reduce development of type 1 diabetes. It lessens the succession of diabetes even after development. In August 2004,  “BMC Pharmacology” proved that individuals who has taken green tea is tested for oral glucose tolerance examination, the results showed that capability of utilization of blood sugar levels are raised.

Periodontal Disease

Green tea is useful to reduce gum diseases and cavities, the reason it consists antibacterial properties as well as green tea leaves consists of fluoride which is useful to stop cavities. Fluoride amounts which are available in green tea are equal to the Fluoride availability in water.

Osteoporosis and Bone Loss

Green tea is useful to reduce bone loss and osteoporosis. Elderly women who take green tea most often have the ability of   preservation of hip structure which is dangerously damaged by osteoporosis, it is published by “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Weight Loss

Mixture of caffeine and catechins used in green tea fastens the metabolism and has a capability to burn fats. It is said by World’s Healthiest Foods. Green tea reduces visceral fats which deposits in the abdominal cavity and intestines.

Accumulation of visceral fat are related with type 2 diabetes and metabolic disorders. A study in animal revealed that excess amounts of consumption of green tea encourages the utilization of fatty acids by liver and muscle cells, by lessening the amounts of glycogen utilization. Green tea is useful to lose weight and maintain weight.

Diseases of Cognition

Catechins of green tea provide a wide variety of neuroprotective advantages such as damaging free radicals, chelation of iron, protection brain cells from spoilage, regulating mitochondrial function.

These are very advantageous for individuals who suffer with Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s disorders and mentally disabled. But we cannot say that green tea is advantageous for good memory and cognition. Green tea consists of caffeine and stimulates neuro-processes.

Viral and Bacterial Infections

Experiments are getting done on the antibacterial and antiviral properties of the green tea. Some element of green tea is helpful to cure the problems of external genital warts which is caused by human papillomavirus, it is said by NIH.

Green tea stops the growth of viruses in HTLV-1 and reduces flu and cold symptoms. An experiment done in 2005 November, the matter of “Antiviral Research” revealed that substances which are present in green tea stops the replication of influenza virus.