4. I have reported on coral’s potential
in the past. Coral is often found in shallow
waters and therefore naturally produces
a type of UV filter for protection from
the sun’s UV rays. A collaborative study
from London’s Kings College, Australia’s
Institute of Marine Science and the
University of Maine hopes to synthetically
recreate this recently identified natural
sunscreen for human use ( www.isaa.org).
5. Other notable research on natural
products that may yield ultraviolet filters
and ingredients with potential for use in
humans as protectants from the sun (read
2011 issues of The Sunscreen Filter in HAPPI)
• US scientists reported that broccoli
extracts with the antioxidant sulfurane reduces sunburn and tumor development.
• Extracts from the Totara and Manuka
trees act in a similar way to broccoli, according to scientists from a New Zealand report.
• When the results are substanti-
ated, our own work on jojoba byproducts
offering protection from the sun holds the
promise for superior UV protection.