Fruitful Yield’s Nutritionist Offers Natural Sun Protection Hints

June 9, 2000

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill., June 8 /PRNewswire/ via NewsEdge Corporation

According to Jim Golick, a certified nutritionist for Fruitful Yield, a chain of health food and vitamin stores, sunlight, in moderation, is good for you. It promotes skin growth, stimulates hormone production, enhances immunity and improves mood. “Avoid excessive sun exposure,” says Golick. “This is complicated because the thinning ozone layer allows more UV rays to reach the earth and damage our skin. UVA contributes to skin aging, UVB contributes to sunburn and cell mutation in the upper skin layers.

“Approximately 20 minutes per day of sun exposure on arms and face is enough for the manufacture of vitamin D. Sunlight and vitamin D has been known to aid in the prevention of certain cancers. Regular sun exposure is associated with decreases in death rates from prostate, breast and colon cancer.

“There are a few dietary secrets for sunburn protection,” says Golick. “Consume more good fats and calcium. Some of the best sources of fats are from salmon, sardines, or flaxseed oil (6-12 capsules or 1-2 Tbsp.). Take 2-4 citrate or chelated calcium tablets, preferably with magnesium added. Try also mixing flaxseed oil into yogurt, before or during your stint in the sun.

“There are natural ways to increase the production of melanin, a natural sunburn skin protectant. Take 2 capsules of L-Tyrosine two times a day and 5 to 6 mg. of chelated copper. Tyrosine also helps with mood, alertness and stress resistance. Copper, however, can worsen depression in some individuals who are prone to copper excess. Most people can use it safely during the suntan season without incident.

“Antioxidants, like vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. A diet high in fruits, veggies and certain herbs is also important.

“Remember to appropriately apply sunscreen protection when out and about for any length of time. The more natural sunscreens and sun blocks are found in health food stores. They usually minimize the use of potentially harmful chemicals that can be found in mass-market products.

“With fish, flax, calcium, L-Tyrosine, copper and antioxidant protection, you can enjoy fun in the sun without having to pay a hefty price later.”

Dr. Greene’s Comment: “Don’t forget M S M. This substance taken at 1/2 teaspoonful 30 minutes before you go into the sun will prevent sunburn in just about everyone, including those who are very fair-skinned”.