Protect Your Skin With A Glass of Wine

Partaking of the aromatic and flavorful fermented fruit juice may provide protection against skin damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Researchers from the University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council have discovered that a chemical in the fruit can limit cell damage.

While wine is already known for its ability to fight Alzheimer’s, cavities and prostate cancer, the study from the University found that flavonoids in grapes protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation, the first study to emerge regarding wine’s effect on the skin.

UV rays emitted by the sun are the main culprits for skin damage, premature aging, sunburn and skin cancer. When the skin is exposed to UVA and UVB rays, “reactive oxygen species” (ROS) activate and oxidize lipids and DNA, producing enzymes that ultimately kill skin cells by disturbing key cellular functions.

The study findings showed that both grapes and grape derivatives contain a compound known as flavonoid that helps to protect human skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation. These flavonoids in grapes help to decrease formation of ROS in skin cells after exposure to ultraviolet rays.

The research team led by Marta Cascante of the University of Barcelona concluded through in vitro research that by drinking wine, flavonoids are absorbed into the skin which protects against sunburns and sun damages from harmful rays. The study findings may pave the way for devloping new methods of protecting skin from harmful UV rays which can eventually lead to improvements in sun protection products.

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