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The Role of Phytonutrients in Skin Health
Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA
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Received: 13 July 2010; in revised form: 5 August 2010 / Accepted: 6 August 2010 / Published: 24 August 2010
Abstract: Photodamage is known to occur in skin with exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Such damage includes inflammation, oxidative stress, breakdown of the extracellular matrix, and development of cancer in the skin. Sun exposure is considered to be one of the most important risk factors for both nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancers. Many phytonutrients have shown promise as photoprotectants in clinical, animal and cell culture studies. In part, the actions of these phytonutrients are thought to be through their actions as antioxidants. In regard to skin health, phytonutrients of interest include vitamin E, certain flavonoids, and the carotenoids, b-carotene, lycopene and lutein.
Keywords: photodamage; vitamin E; flavonoids; carotenoids
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Evans, J.A.; Johnson, E.J. The Role of Phytonutrients in Skin Health. Nutrients 2010, 2, 903-928.
Evans JA, Johnson EJ. The Role of Phytonutrients in Skin Health. Nutrients. 2010; 2(8):903-928.
Evans, Julie A.; Johnson, Elizabeth J. 2010. "The Role of Phytonutrients in Skin Health." Nutrients 2, no. 8: 903-928.