Sun Protection Pill News
With the number of health campaigns aimed at raising the level of public awareness of the dangers of overexposure to the harmful effects of the Sun on our skin and eyes at an all time high, there can be very few people who are now unaware of the potential dangers of ultraviolet light.
If you are one of those who find applying and re-applying suncreams and lotions at best a chore, help could soon be at hand from an unlikely source. Scientists working at King’s College, London, yes… that rainy, fog shrouded, London, have discovered a chemical that they say could be used to produce a sun protection pill within the next five years which could offer all the protection against the Sun’s Ultraviolet rays in one convenient pill, the effects of which should last for several weeks.
It seems that they have discovered that coral, which grows in shallow water, produces a substance to shield itself from the effects of Ultraviolet light. Algae which live on the coral secrete a compound which is used by the coral to develop a sunscreen for the benefit of both it and the algae. Importantly for us it seems that fish who feed on the Reef also absorb the amino acid which comprises the sunscreen, which then becomes concentrated in their skin and eyes, increasing their own U.V protection.
Toxicology tests are about to begin on the new substance but Scientists are confident that a sun protection pill offering weeks of protection to the effects of U.V light on the skin and eyes can be fully developed and marketed as a cheap alternative to suncreams before the end of the decade. The new pill promises to be a major aid in the fight against skin ageing and diseases such as Malignant Melanoma and other forms of skin cancer, with perhaps those of us who work outside for all or part of the day most likely to benefit.
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