Taking flaxseed oil protects from sun?

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Question from joan: I believe that flaxseed oil taken internally can protect you from the sun. Have any of you had this experience?
Answers - Maria Theodoulou, M.D. There really isn't anything that has been proven to protect you from the sun if taken internally. Flaxseed oil is commonly taken, and it certainly has some positive properties associated with it, but none of them have been scientifically proven. As far as I know, there's nothing you can take internally that will protect you from the sun.

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