Researchers from Newcastle University have discovered that an antioxidant called Tiron provides complete protection against certain types of sun damage and could ultimately be beneficial in keeping skin looking younger for longer.
The research team discovered that the most effective antioxidants targeted one of the tiny organelles called mitochondria that are located inside of skin cells. For the study, they compared the antioxidants that specifically targeted mitochondria to non-specific antioxidants that target the whole cell. Resveratrol, found in red wine, and curcumin, found in curries, were some of the antioxidants studied that target the entire cell.
The team discovered that Tiron was the most effective mitochondrial-targeted antioxidant. It provided skin cells 100 percent protection against UVA sun damage as well as stress-induced damage from the release of damaging enzymes.
Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology at Newcastle University said, “To discover that Tiron offers complete protection against UVA damage is exciting and promising, however, it is early days as Tiron is not a naturally occurring compound and has not yet been tested for toxicity in humans although there have been a few studies on rats.”
Oh well, we will just have to carry on protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays by lathering on the sunscreen for the time being. Not that we are seeing a lot of sun in the UK at the moment!!
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