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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.

Rockaway Beach, New York (©Jody Diehl)

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!

Link: The Telegraph, “Chemicals in wine could be used to protect skin from the sun”


11 Responses to “Wine (& Grapes) for Sun Protection”

  1. kiwiskan said

    Love it! 🙂

  2. It’s always so nice to have authoritative confirmation of the positive medicinal effects of wine… one always suspects that it is most beneficial, obviously, but all supporting evidence is valuable… RH

  3. Marianne said

    How interesting is that?!! I never knew that about grapes…I bet putting them in smoothies would help break them down more for better absorption in the body. Thanks for the information, Jody.

    Blessings for healthy beach fun,
    Marianne xo

    • Jody said

      That’s a wonderful idea for a great summertime treat! We don’t drink alcohol but we have tried the non-alcoholic wines. The grape smoothie sounds more refreshing and fun!

  4. raastha said

    That was indeed very useful peace of info not just for the beachcombers but many other……I love it and sharing it………

  5. raastha said

    ooopppps sorry excuse my spelling error…..(piece)

  6. […] wine, and now chocolate for sun protection… It keeps getting better and […]

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