Two Chinese scientists have claimed
that a substance extracted from honeysuckle plant is a natural UV- protecting
agent. Researchers found that wool treated with honeysuckle extract
blocked UV rays much more effectively than untreated wool. The extract was
durable and remained active even after long exposure to sunlight and repeated
According to Ren-Cheng Tang and
Sha-Sha Sun, of Soochow University the extract can be used a natural coating
over clothing's which could protect people from UV-Rays and thus reduce the
risk of skin cancer and premature ageing.
The research has been published in the American Chemical
Society's journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.