A dermatologist talks about the foods that provide vitamins and nutrients for skin health.
Erin Gilbert, a dermatologist, reveals the foods and drinks that can provide a medical benefit to your skin. Following is a transcript of the video.
Dr. Erin Gilbert: The study was six cups of coffee a day. They found that there was an 11% reduction in the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer.
I’m Dr. Erin Gilbert, and I’m a dermatologist practicing in New York City.
So you want to be looking at foods that are going to be high in vitamins and antioxidants. There are foods, for example, that contain a lot of vitamin C. So you want to be looking at things like strawberries. You want to be looking at things like mango. You want to be looking at berries for antioxidants.
Things that also contain catechins or polyphenols are like green tea. And also red wine has high antioxidants. You can have a little bit of that — not too much. You don’t want to go crazy with that.
There’s also some data, which is kind of interesting and I’m finding it cool, that tomatoes, if you consume something like five tablespoons of tomato paste — I don’t know how you would do that exactly, but you can get creative — reduces the damage from sunburn or sun exposure by 33%. So that is something to think about. And I think you would get the same thing with, you know, a large quantity of tomatoes.
One more fun one is coffee. The study was six cups of coffee a day. They found there was an 11% reduction in the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer. So that’s something. Now again, six cups of coffee — we’re all going to be jittery. That’s a hard day at the office, six cups of coffee. So what I would say is one or two is what I would keep it.
But it’s all interesting to see that what these food and drinks are doing is actually providing us some sort of medical benefit.