A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology has shown that tomato paste with olive oil provides protection against acute and potentially long-term sun damage. The article ''Nutrition against sunburn'' can be found on my website and is available in English and Dutch.
Watermelons are rich in beta-carotene. This powerful antioxidant protects the body against free radicals and helps the skin to repair the cells that are damaged by the sun. A study of the Münster University Hospital has shown that beta-carotene provides an SPF of up to 4. The article ''Nutrition against sunburn'' can be found on my website and is available in English and Dutch.
A study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology discovered that the smell of jasmine tea decreases heart rate and produces a calm mood. 24 participants where included in this study. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15976995
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that persimmons (kaki fruits) contain significantly higher contents of dietary fiber, total phenolics, main minerals and trace elements than apples. The researchers concluded that due to these higher contents persimmons are preferred in an anti-atherosclerotic diet (atherosclerosis is also called narrowing and hardening of the arteries). Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11262055
A study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that patients with breast cancer who take wheat grass juice during chemotherapy have less bone marrow toxicity (a side effect from chemotherapy). 60 women were included in this study. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17571966
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that four antimicrobial compounds derived from star anise have antibacterial activity against 67 drug-resistant bacteria. The scientists concluded that these compounds can be developed into antibiotics. Source: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2010.1086
Researchers from the Meikai University in Japan showed that smelling lavender and rosemary essential oil for 5 minutes decreases the stress hormone cortisol. 22 healthy volunteers were involved in this study. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17291597
Researchers from the Ishikawa Prefectural University in Japan showed that green peas are a source of leuconostoc mesenteroides, probiotic bacteria that support the immune system. Unfortunately the study did not involve any humans. Source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jam.12411/abstract