Drinking wine helps stop sunburn

Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun are the leading environmental cause of skin complaints, premature ageing, sun burn and even skin cancer. But in another nod towards the healthy mediteranean diet, Spanish scientists found substances in the grapes protect cells from the damage…

The University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council looked at the chemical reaction in the skin when hit by UV rays from the sun. They found that flavonoids in the grapes can stop the chemical reaction that causes cells to die and therefore skin damage…

Marta Cascante, a biochemist at the University of Barcelona and director of the research project, said it proves grapes could help protect the skin from sun burn and even skin cancer. She said the research could help to develop skin creams and other products to protect skin from sun damage.

“This study supports the idea of using these products to protect the skin from cell damage and death caused by solar radiation, as well as increasing our understanding of the mechanism by which they act”, she said.

The study also adds to the popular image of the healthy and tanned population of the mediteranean.

Previous research has put the low cancer rates and good health down to tomatoes, olive oil and even red wine.

I would add garlic and love.

5 thoughts on “Drinking wine helps stop sunburn

  1. Mr. Fusion says:

    Two weeks ago I picked up a nasty sunburn watching my kid’s softball tournament. I’m still peeling. This coming weekend I’m going to another softball tournament where I know there won’t be much shade.

    So how often do you apply the wine? Does the purple stain wash off easy?

    • Mr. Fusion says:

      As an aside to all who might have the thinnest piece of interest, my daughter was asked by a coach to play for him in a traveling league. Although just starting Gr. 6, the High School varsity Coach has invited her to his twice weekly clinics based upon her ability AND her making the Presidents Honor Roll.

      Yup, I’m proud of my kid. She got her mother’s good looks, brains, and it appears, athleticism.

      • eideard says:

        Spending that time with older kids, in programs coached at an advanced level, it’s a terrific break if properly managed. I went through the same opportunity with music – getting to play with both a high school and a university band while still in my last couple grades of elementary school. Lucky enough to have a great instructor.

        Just be certain she doesn’t screw up her knees, bro’

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