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Can herbal products provide sun protection?

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Green tea, golden serpent fern, Panax ginseng identified as herbs that may reduce the local and systemic negative effects of UV light exposure


2012-08-03

From the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. media release:

Recent research supports the ability of some herbal agents, taken orally or applied topically, to prevent sunburn and limit the damage caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

Natural products with proven and promising photoprotective properties are highlighted in an article in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Alternative and Complementary Therapies website.

The article "Herbal Sunscreens and Ultraviolet Protectants" specifically identifies golden serpent fern (Phlebodium aureum or Polypodium leucatomos) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) as herbal products that, when taken orally, may reduce the local and systemic negative effects of UV light exposure, including photoaging, increased risk of skin cancer, and harm done to function.

Sufficiently high oral doses or topical application of green tea (Camellia sinensis) may also offer photoprotection.


2012-08-03

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/act.2012.18307

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