Which Foods Increase Melanin Production

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production

Melanin is a pigment found in our skin, our hair and the irises of our eyes. Melanin is also part of what determines our skin color. It can be found in smaller quantities in the inner ear and brain. Melanin is responsible for absorbing UVA and UVB rays to protect us from their harmful effects. During this process it makes our skin darker leading to the often desirable suntan. To protect our skin and hair from sunlight, you can eat foods nutrients such as vitamin A which increase melanin production to get a more natural tan. Foods which increase melanin production include carrots, tomatoes, melons, fish and dairy. Keep reading this oneHOWTO to learn about which foods boost melanin production and how they work on our skin.

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Foods that increase melanin: carrot

Foods rich in vitamin A encourage melanin production as well as maintaining its levels and making our tans last longer. The humble carrot is one of the largest sources of vitamin A. This product is composed mainly of beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that is actively involved in the stimulation of melanin production and consequent tanning of the skin. Among its other multiple benefits, we know that this is a natural product which promotes the formation of retinal pigment in our eyes. It is there for the proper maintenance of the cells lining our skin. If we get a suntan from it and look good, this is a bonus. A healthy suntan will make us look healthy because the melanin is doing its job.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Foods that increase melanin: carrot

Foods that increase melanin: tomato

Foods rich in beta-carotene, also include tomatoes as another major natural source of melanin. By having a similar composition to carrots, their effect on our skin and eyes are the same. Besides these two foods, watermelon, also favors increased levels of melanin in our body.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Foods that increase melanin: tomato

Foods that increase melanin: melons

Although vitamin A promotes stimulation of melanin production, it is not unique since Vitamin E also supports this function. In this regard, melon is a fruit that has a high content of both vitamins. This makes it an ideal source for increasing levels of the pigment and promoting tanning, among other advantages. Also, it is a food with high antioxidant properties. This helps prevent the premature aging of cells. This includes skin cells, so not only will you have healthy tanned skin thanks to an increase of melanin production, but it will be stronger and make you appear more youthful. This is as long as you eat as part of a well balanced diet.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Foods that increase melanin: melons

Foods that increase melanin: egg yolk

The yolk of an egg is another natural product with a higher rate of vitamin E. We can't miss it off our list of foods that increase melanin. Although most of the vitamin E is concentrated in the yolk, the egg white also contains it and other vitamins such as vitamin B complex. Take a look at all the beauty uses of egg for more information on more than just melanin production.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Foods that increase melanin: egg yolk

Foods that increase melanin: Dairy

Dairy products are also a great source of vitamin A that are ideal for increasing levels of melanin. Furthermore, they are composed of essential amino acids (in certain cases) like tyrosine and cystine. These are fundamental to the production of this pigment in our body. Although dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese are the main foods rich in these amino acids, they are not the only ones. Tyrosine is also found in rice, corn, chicken and avocados. Ensure not to go beyond your daily intake of any essential or non-essential amino acids.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Foods that increase melanin: Dairy

Foods that increase melanin: Fish

Finally, the importance of vitamin D should be noted when it comes to protecting our skin from the harmful effects of sunlight. In this sense, oily fish such as salmon contain a very high percentage of this vitamin. They help both melanin production and the general protection of our skin. However, due to its high content of fats you should not eat it every day. It is best to have it twice a week and no more. Canned tuna is also a great natural source of vitamin E.

Foods that increase melanin: Berries

Blueberries and strawberries are rich sources of Vitamin C, another powerful agent that boosts melanin production. Moreover, Blueberry is also a great vitamin E agent, thus helping fight free radicals that can deter your skin from producing more melanin. We are missing out other fruits high in vitamin C. Oranges, red peppers and grapefruit are more commonly known to produce vitamin C and are therefore foods which increase melanin production.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Foods that increase melanin: Berries


As you may have guessed, any orange colored fruits and vegetables have high beta-carotene and can thus help boost your body's melanin production. Apricot contains pro-vitamin A carotenoids as well as high amounts of vitamin C. This is why it's one of the best fruits you can take to boost melanin levels.

Other ways to increase melanin

On the market there are many cosmetic products that promote increased levels of melanin in the body in order to improve skin tanning and maintain good hair color.

However, the use of natural products are always more desirable than synthetic products when possible. No doubt the fastest and most effective way to increase melanin (and make skin darker) is exposure to the sun. However, we must do it safely. If we do not take care of our skin and hair, the damages may outweigh the benefits. Take a look at what happens when melanin decreases for more information. You can also learn about melanin inhibitors to make sure you are not having an increased intake of these.

Finally, include supplements of the vitamins mentioned above, melanin pills, tyrosine and gingko. However, you should consult your doctor before taking any of them to let you know whether or not you can take them. They can also advise on dosage. You'll find a complete list of the best supplements for tanning in this article.

Plus, if you'd like to know more details, check out our article how to increase melanin production in your body.

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I have developed white spots on my face and they are increasing day by day. I visited a doctor and he told me the condition is vitiligo and that it has no cure.
Can the above help me regain my melanin
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Job,

So far it is true, there is no cure for vitiligo. However, there are some ways you can treat it to reduce symptoms. These are often involving phototherapy or UV therapy, but they are both expensive and can run the risk of certain skin cancers.

The cause of vitiligo is not unequivocallly known. However, it is believed y many to be aggravated by immunity. This is why you may want to use the below article to help boost your immune system:

Even immunity boosting cannot guarantee recession of the disease, but it may help to slow progression. At worst, it will boost your immunity which is good for your overall health.
Mboira Godfrey
How long will see results on my grey hair?
Vitamin A and C help reduce production of melanin in their own ways NOT increase them.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Drake,

The relationship between Vitamins A and C and melanin production is a tricky, which is why we explain it in a little more detail in another of our articles here:

One pertinent section reads:

“While it is not scientifically clear whether vitamin A helps to produce melanin in the skin, it is known to help with skin cells by enabling them to mature and function properly.”

Read the full article if you want to learn more!
Rolly vito
thank you for some info. pls update.
I have psoriasis , and loss pigment on my face would these vitamins and food help me produce pigment back to those areas thanks so much and great article .
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Elle,
The following treatments will prove better to treat psoriasis:
Mane Samadhan Raoso
Two white pigment spot on leg ple.suggest vitamins & foods
Hello Mary Smith, I have a white hair problem and White beard problem. Is this food help me.
OneHowTo Editor
It may stop new ones growing but it will not get rid of the ones you already have. Take a look at our article on how to cover grey hair for more:
Manish Sharma
Hello buddy, I will give you the best advice to blacken your white hair.
First of all start exercise daily and drink mausmbi juice at least 1 glass in early morning daily and please in morning eat peanut butter and other high protein diet.
My hair color was changed in just one month. Now I have just 2 or 3 hair remains white.
Is gaining of muscles genetical
Hi, due to various toning creams and lotions I tend to have uneven skin tone. Please, I will like to know if the foods mentioned above will be of great help in restoring my dark skin tone. Thank you.
OneHowTo Editor
What would help more is exfoliating your skin as well as using these products.
Hope this helps
Jhade Lhynn Ybanez
Hi, since grade 3 I have a gray hair up to 3rd yr college and I think 80 percent of my hair are gray but since I am willing to have a black hair, I search many article that related to my case just to have a black hair. I just follow the advise and suggestion what to do, and now, I confirmed its effective. Now, 30 percent of my hair are black... I am now 20 yrs old and hopefully it will continue to have a positive result.
Hi, my daughter is almost 5 five years of age...she started having grey hair almost a year back; although i got her medical examination, blood test and thyroid checked and everything is normal would request you to suggest remedy for this regards
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Vivek,
In order to give her the right treatment, a professional should let you know the reason for your child having gray hair at such an age. Could it be hereditary?

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