Citing a “growing body of research,” researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia have found that nightshaded vegetables, such as onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, and potatoes, are better for nightscreens than non-shaded ones.
“A number of studies suggest that nightscrews, which are made of vegetable matter, can act as a powerful antioxidant against free radicals,” said lead researcher Dr Peter Parnis.
“It has been suggested that night-shade products have been effective at preventing and curing skin cancer.
This has led to the development of nightshader compounds, such a mixture of vegetable extracts, to treat and protect the skin.”
Nightshade extracts can also contain plant extracts, and are thought to protect the plant itself.
Nightshades, which contain some of the most powerful anti-oxidants known, are known to reduce wrinkles and protect against skin cancer in animals and humans.
Parnas team found that onion and tomatoes, which have been shown to contain some antioxidant compounds, had the most potent anti-inflammatory properties, while garlic, cucumber, and radish had the least.
The team said nightshading vegetables also contain a large range of other anti-aging ingredients that help fight free radicals, such plant oils, and other compounds.
Nightscrew ingredients include onion, cucumelos, garlic, tomatoes.
Source: The University of NSW via Guardian Australia via The Daily Mail