Beta-Carotene's Ray Of Sunshine

Many people supplement with beta-carotene to make sure they're getting enough vitamin A, and to support immune system health. Recent research from Munster University Hospital in Germany has uncovered another possible benefit: protection from sunlight-induced skin damage.

A meta analysis of human supplementation studies revealed that beta-carotene may help guard against sunburn when taken in supplement form for a minimum of 10 weeks prior to exposure. Beta-carotene alone would not be effective protection against a sunny day on the beach, of course. You should apply SPF 16 or higher lotion as well. But it may serve as an attractive extra measure for added peace of mind.

The Bigger Picture: Natural food sources of beta-carotene include carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, turnip and collard greens, winter squash and fresh thyme. Serve some up, or get your beta-carotene in supplement form, in preparation for an active summer outdoors.
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