The People's Chemist

Chemist Forces Children to Eat Sun Block

My wife and I are unconventional parents. We didn’t vaccinate our children.
They don’t go to public school. We don’t let them drink their weight in soda.
And we make them eat their sunscreen. Before you report me to Child Protective
Services, let me assure you that I’m not talking about the conventional,
synthetic sun block that is loaded with poisons. I’m talking about edible sun
block in the form of carotenoids.

Carotenoids are members of a family of nutrients that protect plants and
animals from excess sunshine. Just like melanin, they are colorful molecules
that reflect UV rays. About 700 different types of carotenoids have been
identified. Each of the pigments functions as Mother Nature’s sunblock. When
humans ingest carotenoids, they are deposited into the skin to prevent sunburn
and (ultimately) oxidative stress, which can lead to cancer.

Leading sources of carotenoids are eggs, spirulina, chlorella, dark-green leafy
vegetables (kale, collards, and spinach), and yellow-orange fruits and
vegetables (apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, and squash).
The recommended daily intake of carotenoids is 100 to 200 grams per day of
these foods.

The most potent carotenoid is a red pigment found in algae, salmon, trout,
shrimp, and lobsters. It is known as astaxanthin. The algae are normally green.
But when subjected to sunshine, they produce the red pigment naturally. Once
ingested, astaxanthin is 1,000 times more effective at protecting skin from UV
damage than other carotenoids.

Edible sunblock is your first line of defense against sunburn, cancer, and
prematurely aging skin. So make sure you pack plenty of carotenoids in your
kid’s lunchboxes this summer.

About the Author

My name is Shane “The People’s Chemist” Ellison. I hold a master’s degree in organic chemistry and am the author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures Expanded Edition (SourceBooks). I’ve been quoted by USA Today, Shape, Woman’s World, US News and World Report, as well as Women’s Health and appeared on Fox and NBC as a medicine and health expert. Start protecting yourself and loved ones with my FREE report, 3 Worst Meds.


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