Excessive sun exposure burns your skin and leads to premature skin aging, which means more wrinkles, discolorations, and risks. Topical sunscreens still remain the popular choice among consumers, but did you know there’s also an oral solution for protecting your skin? There is, and it’s called Polypodium leucotomos.
Oral Protection with Polypodium Leucotomos
A study found that an oral supplement sourced from the fern, Polypodium leucotomos, could possibly become an important anti-aging ingredient for the skin.1 In fact, extracts from this fern have been used in South America for many years to protect against the damaging effects of excessive sun exposure.
This amazing fern protects skin cells by blocking ultraviolet light, thus reducing sun-induced injury.2 Additionally, it also helps ease skin inflammation and blocks protein-destroying skin enzymes.2,3
Polypodium leucotomos extract also contains a high percentage of potent antioxidants which block the formation of dangerous free radicals stopping the oxidative damage that results from excessive sun exposure.3
What researchers have confirmed is nicotinamide plays a significant role in producing ATP, which facilitates DNA repair in skin cells damaged by solar radiation.6 Rapidly restoring sun-damaged DNA provides powerful protection against malignant transformation.
When combined with two other natural ingredients, such as fern extract, the protection from harmful solar rays is expanded as these tropical plant extracts defend against sun damage and further promote DNA repair.7-11
It is now possible to prevent DNA damage, promote DNA repair, and impede ultraviolet radiation immune suppression by taking oral nutrients.6,7,12,13
A Two-Fold Approach is Best for Protecting Your Skin
Remember, for long periods of sun exposure, you should consider both a topical sunscreen and an oral extract from Polypodium leucotomos. This combined approach will help protect you from the inside out, and offers an ideal defense strategy to ward off premature aging.
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