Asian ginseng and green tea can provide sun protection
Some herbal agents, taken orally or applied topically, can prevent sunburn and limit the damage caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, according to a recent research.
The study 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 immune system function.
Sufficiently high oral doses or topical application of green tea (Camellia sinensis) may also offer photoprotection.
These 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.