Eating Grapes May Protect Your Skin From UV Damage

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New research study discovers grapes increased resistance to sunburn and decreased markers of UV damage.

A current human research study released in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology discovered that taking in grapes secured versus ultraviolet (UV) skin damage.[1] Study topics revealed increased resistance to sunburn and a decrease in markers of UV damage at the cellular level.[2] Natural parts discovered in grapes called polyphenols are believed to be accountable for these helpful results.

The research study, carried out at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and led by primary private investigator Craig Elmets, M.D., examined the effect of taking in entire grape powder — comparable to 2.25 cups of grapes each day — for 14 days versus photodamage from UV light. Subjects’ skin action to UV light was determined prior to and after taking in grapes for 2 weeks by figuring out the limit dosage of UV radiation that caused noticeable reddening after 24 hours — the Minimal Erythema Dose (MEDICATION). Grape intake was protective; more UV direct exposure was needed to trigger sunburn following grape intake, with MEDICATION increasing typically by 74.8%.[1] Analysis of skin biopsies revealed that the grape diet plan was connected with reduced DNA damage, less deaths of skin cells, and a decrease in inflammatory markers that if left unattended, together can hinder skin function and can possibly result in skin cancer.[2]

It is approximated that 1 in 5 Americans will establish skin cancer by the age of 70.[5] Most skin cancer cases are connected with direct exposure to UV radiation from the sun: about 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 86% of cancer malignancies, respectively. Additionally, an approximated 90% of skin aging is brought on by the sun.

“We saw a significant photoprotective effect with grape consumption and we were able to identify molecular pathways by which that benefit occurs — through repair of DNA damage and downregulation of proinflammatory pathways,” stated Dr. Elmets. “Grapes may act as an edible sunscreen, offering an additional layer of protection in addition to topical sunscreen products.”

References:

  1. “Dietary table grape protects against UV photodamage in humans: 1. clinical evaluation” by Allen S.W. Oak, MD; Rubina Shafi, PhD; Mahmoud Elsayed, MD; Sejong Bae, PhD; Leah Saag, CRNP; Casey L. Wang, MD; Mohammad Athar, PhD and Craig A. Elmets, MD, 20 January 2021, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2021.01.035
  2. “Dietary table grape protects against UV photodamage in humans: 2. molecular biomarker studies” by Allen S.W. Oak, MD; Rubina Shafi, PhD; Mahmoud Elsayed, MD; Bharat Mishra, MS; Sejong Bae, PhD; Stephen Barnes, PhD; Mahendra P. Kashyap, PhD; Andrzej T. Slominski, MD, PhD; Landon S. Wilson, BS; Mohammad Athar, PhD and Craig A. Elmets, MD, 20 January 2021, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2021.01.036
  3. “Skin Cancer Facts and Statistics” 26 January 2021, Skin Cancer Foundation site.
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