Sunscreen and Mushrooms – This is How the Skin Gets Through the Summer

Sunscreen and Mushrooms – This is How the Skin Gets Through the Summer

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Bathing, lying in the sun, getting a tan, for many people this is the epitome of summer. But if you’re not careful, you’ll get caught. The skin turns crimson, it burns and every touch is uncomfortable. If it gets really bad, blisters will appear and fever will set in. Most people get sunburned at least once a year. This seems harmless, but it is not.

Sunburn causes first and second degree burns to the skin. Blondes with very fair skin hit it faster than brunettes. But even they are not immune to sunburn. It takes about a week for the burn to heal completely. Then the skin peels, which looks pretty ugly. Underneath, the longed-for tan appears, because the skin is now arming itself with pigments against the next exposure to the sun.

The sunburn is forgotten is wrong

Anyone who thinks that the sunburn is forgotten is wrong. Only the external skin damage has been repaired. But there are also deeper damages and they are much more serious. The UV rays of sunlight penetrate the skin and damage the collagen, i.e. the connective tissue fibers. With every sunburn, the skin loses a little more of its elasticity. In addition, the sun’s rays can damage the DNA, i.e. the genetic material in the skin cells. 

Then it comes to mutations and subsequently to skin cancer. Around 207,000 people in Germany are diagnosed with white skin cancer each year, which can be treated quite well if detected in good time. In the case of the dreaded black skin cancer, there are around 28,000 people a year. This form of cancer is very aggressive and quickly metastasizes.

So it pays to treat the sun’s rays with respect, and that’s part of it

– Only enjoy sunbathing for a short time; Light-skinned people should avoid them altogether,

– Careful application of sunscreen with a high sun protection factor, which – very important – protects against UV-B and UV-A rays and

– frequent consumption of mushrooms.

Eat mushrooms? Why?

Eat mushrooms? Why that? Because they are the only creatures that produce ergothionein. This is a substance that repairs UV-damaged skin and protects it from harmful free radicals. Ergothionein is considered the strongest and most efficient antioxidant today. Brown mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and king oyster mushrooms have between 0.4 mg and 2.0 mg per gram dry weight. 

Anyone who eats a lot of mushrooms in summer builds up good protection against the aggressive rays. Sunburn victims also benefit from mushroom enjoyment, because mushrooms are full of pantothenic acid. 

This substance, also known as vitamin B5, promotes wound healing. Just 100 g of mushrooms provide a third of the daily requirement. The Cancer Research Institute of Indiana University, USA, certifies that the oyster mushroom also has an amazingly strong anti-inflammatory effect. Sunburn heals quickly thanks to delicious mushroom meals and the skin is beautiful again.

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