"Now you can get sun protection from a pill.
Heading to the beach or the ski slopes? Don’t forget your sunscreen pill. Come again?
This isn’t some futuristic way of protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Polypodium leucotomos, a tropical fern rich in the antioxidant compounds caffeic acid and ferulic acid, is the basis for Heliocare, Fernblock and Sunpill — all product names for the latest sun protection in supplement form.
If you want to try Heliocare, dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann of Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute in Miami suggests taking the supplement on days you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors — during a tropical vacation, say, or a working in the garden on a sunny day. Because you must also use the supplement in conjunction with sunscreen, the supplement acts as an additional measure of protection. Some studies show it may decrease redness after sun exposure as well."
Credit: Mother Nature Network