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Eating berries reduces sun damage

April 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Another good reason to eat berries. A study says they may help prevent wrinkles and sun damage.Researchers in South Korea applied an antioxidant found in raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and pomegranates to human skin cells that had been exposed to strong, ultraviolet rays.

Researchers say the antioxidant reduced the inflammation and the destruction of collagen, which are both major causes of wrinkles.

Researchers conducted similar tests on mice, that were exposed to ultraviolet rays strong enough to cause sunburn and skin damage in humans. Mice that were given the berry antioxidant compound showed less wrinkles. Mice that did not receive the berry compound developed wrinkles and thickening of the skin, which indicates sun damage.

Study results were presented Tuesday at the Experimental Biology 2009 meeting in New Orleans.


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