The Broccoli sprout extract used in our sunscreens has a natural certificate, uncontaminated with chemical fertilizers or pesticides and is non-GMO.
'Sulforaphane' is the active component within this botanical ingredient.
Research at Johns Hopkins University examined the effects of sulforaphane on UV-induced erythema (sun burn). The results showed that it gave effective protection against UV radiation damage, and thus potentially against cancer, when applied topically.
The extract of sulforaphane is not a sunscreen as such. Unlike chemical sunscreens, it does not absorb UV light. Rather, the extract works inside our cells by boosting the production of a network of protective enzymes that defend against UV damage.
Consequently, the effects are long-lasting. The protection lasts for several days, even after the extract is no longer present on or in the skin.
Who ever thought there could be such a yummy food item in a sunscreen? Yummy, some of us may think, but apparently not so many children!
So, imagine that your children can obtain the health benefits of broccoli from a sunscreen then... or any of us for that matter.
Sulforaphane is an anti-cancer and anti-microbial compound that can be obtained by eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli. The enzyme myrosinase transforms glucoraphanin (a glucosinolate) into sulforaphane. The young sprouts of broccoli are particularly rich in glucoraphanin.
As skin cancer incidence is rising so dramatically, the Johns Hopkins research team said that "treatment with this broccoli sprout extract is a protective measure that alleviates the skin damage caused by UV radiation and free radicals and thereby decreases our long-term risk of developing cancer."
They also pointed out that conventional 'chemical filter' sunscreens were essentially ineffective in these such tests as they are not designed for reversal of damage or anything long term.
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