Polyphenols Could Protect Your Skin


Did you know that more than 2 people die of skin cancer in the United States every hour? Also that;

➡️  Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US and worldwide.

➡️  1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

➡️  Melanoma is the most serious and life-threatening form of skin cancer. From 2011-2021, the number of new invasive melanoma cases per year increased by 44%.

“Research shows—in addition to protecting yourself from sunburns—the foods you eat may offer some protection against skin cancer!”

Sun exposure dramatically increases a person’s risk of skin cancer, with 90% of nonmelanomas resulting from UV radiation and 86% of melanomas. Studies show that a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if they have had 5 sunburns in their lifetime or even just a single blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence.

Now for the good news.

Research shows—in addition to protecting yourself from sunburns—the foods you eat may offer some protection against skin cancer!

A recent review of 34 studies found that the plant compounds called polyphenols influence cell signaling pathways to offer protection. Polyphenols can be found in many different plant foods, including berries, vegetables, spices, tea, and chocolate. Here are some of the polyphenols that show the most promise:

➡️ Anthocyanins (in blueberries)

➡️ Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG in green tea)

➡️ Resveratrol (in grapes and red wine)

➡️ Theaflavin (in black tea)

Polyphenols are not only good for your skin but also for your heart and overall health. If you want to boost your chances of living a long, happy, and healthy life, I recommend loading up on polyphenol-rich foods every day. Here is a fun, fast, breakfast recipe for you to try!

Berry And Nut Breakfast Bowl

  • 1/2 cup

Strawberries (chopped)

  • 1/2 cup

Blackberries (cut in half)

  • 2 tbsps

Walnuts (chopped)

  • 2 tbsps

Almonds (chopped)

  • 1 tbsp

Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1 tbsp

Hemp Seeds

  • 1/4 cup

Unsweetened Almond Milk

  1. Add strawberries and blackberries to a bowl, top with nuts!
  2. Add almond milk!
  3. Enjoy!


Sajadimajd S, Bahramsoltani R, Iranpanah A et al. Advances on Natural Polyphenols as Anticancer Agents for Skin Cancer. Pharmacol Res. 2020; 151: 104584. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31809853/

Skin Cancer Facts: https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts/