Wine (& Grapes) for Sun Protection
Posted by Jody on May 6, 2013
Some of us take sun protection more seriously than others. I’m one of those people. Not that I used to be. Growing up in the Midwest, we reveled in our first sunburn. A little Noxzema or Solarcaine on our tortured backs and we were on our way back to summer fun at the beach! (At that point we might have covered up, in the water, with one of Dad’s white t-shirts. But only until that first burn healed.) The words “sun protection” weren’t even in our vocabulary. I remember the days when teenagers stretched out in the blazing sun, basting themselves with a concoction of Mercurochrome mixed with baby oil, for that *oh so attractive* orange summer glow. Yikes!! What we didn’t know then! (Seriously, we thought we knew it all!)
Well, now in an article from The Telegraph, a UK publication, we’re told: “Drinking wine could help to stop sunburn”.
According to Spanish scientists and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, The Telegraph reports that:
Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun are the leading environmental cause of skin complaints, premature aging, sun burn and skin cancer. Spanish scientists found evidence suggesting that substances in grapes protect cells from the damage.
Drinking wine or eating grapes could protect you from sunburn, according to a new study that found a chemical in the fruit can limit cell damage.
Maybe we modern beachcombers needed one more push to follow the healthy Mediterranean diet that we keep hearing about. Perhaps we just want our beach going skin to stay young and healthy looking. Well, now besides being the beachcombers wearing our super sunblock, long sleeve cover-ups, floppy hats and sunglasses, we’ll also be the ones with the Ariel Cabernet Sauvignonin our picnic basket!
Enjoy the article, and please pass the grapes!